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Miriam Makeba, and the fight goes on
Profiles
Miriam Makeba, and the fight goes on

90 years ago, the South African singer, who was to become “Mama Africa”, a Pan-African heroine, was born. The life of a woman who thought that the fight should never end.

PAM presents Gidam, a fully immersive film from the streets of revolution
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PAM presents Gidam, a fully immersive film from the streets of revolution

PAM presents Gidam (until the end), a film by Arthur Larie and Bastien Massa, shot in December 2021 in Sudan. It follows Enas, a young percussionist who accompanies the protests demanding the departure of the military from power.

Mandela, a hero of many songs
List / Guide
Mandela, a hero of many songs

Thirty-one years ago, Nelson Mandela walked out of the Victor Verster prison, where he had spent the last years of his detention, finally appearing before the eyes of the world. He was free, at last. […]

Black History Month: 5 songs for 5 historic leaders
Series
Black History Month: 5 songs for 5 historic leaders

While Black History Month is all year round for us at PAM, we’re going to celebrate this February and publish a number of special articles. Here we have an annotated playlist made up of 5 songs from 5 historic African leaders.

Cesária Évora: ten years later, memories of a journey
History
Cesária Évora: ten years later, memories of a journey

10 years after her passing, PAM remembers the diva along with her loved ones, exploring the mark her bare feet left on the world. 

African Guitar Heroes
Feature
African Guitar Heroes

Let’s take a few tours and detours all over the continent to discover some of its guitar masters. To hear them at their best you often have to wait until the 1st verse or chorus is over; wait for the song to bloom and for the guitarist to rise.

Sankara in song, a memoriam
List / Guide
Sankara in song, a memoriam

On October 11th, in Ouagadougou, the trial for the assasination of the man who baptised his country with the name Burkina Faso, opens. His name was Thomas Sankara, and his example, which continues to inspire new generations, has also inspired a number of songs.

To the source of Buena Vista Social Club
Interview
To the source of Buena Vista Social Club

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Buena Vista Social Club album. For the occasion, the label World Circuit is reissuing a remastered edition enhanced with previously unreleased tracks and alternative takes. Nick Gold, who produced the record, tells us its story.