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Lee Scratch Perry, Arkology
Review
Lee Scratch Perry, Arkology

PAM is here to help you rediscover some unmissable records. Today, the treasure chest that is Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s Arkology (Island / Universal)

The 10 best Nigerian music videos of the month
List / Guide
The 10 best Nigerian music videos of the month

The Nigerian music industry, facing the reality of the pandemic, has turned virtual. The digital world is busy as ever as TikTok challenges and Instagram Lives begin to take the place of traditional video. That […]

The 10 best Mzansi music videos of the month
List / Guide
The 10 best Mzansi music videos of the month

Amidst mounting tragedy, the music keeps playing. Here’s a selection of what we unearthed this month. The president of South Africa went live on national television to announce a phased approach towards easing lockdown regulations. […]

”F#@K Tha Police” and other lessons from hip-hop on police brutality
Article
”F#@K Tha Police” and other lessons from hip‑hop on police brutality

In the wake of the unjust murder of George Floyd, we look at hip-hop’s power of social commentary and political change regarding police brutality towards African Americans. The most recent killing of George Floyd on May […]

The dazzling rise of Ghana’s black star, Kwesi Arthur
Profiles
The dazzling rise of Ghana’s black star, Kwesi Arthur

In five short years, Ghana’s young hip-hop phenomenon experienced a swift ascension into the popular sphere. PAM met with Kwesi Arthur, as polite and cheerful as ever, despite his ferocious status within rap. In 2010, […]

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Ian Brennan, Ghana’s fly on the wall
Interview
Ian Brennan, Ghana's fly on the wall

The sixth edition of the impeccable Hidden Musics collection from label Glitterbeat, the fra fra funeral music of Ghana was recorded by American producer Ian Brennan. Interview.  Ian isn’t what you’d call a typical American. […]

Ostinato Records to release Djibouti’s Groupe RTD first ever album
Interview
Ostinato Records to release Djibouti’s Groupe RTD first ever album

Already proud to be able to wave essential compilations dedicated to Sudan, Somalia, Haiti or Cape Verde, Ostinato is now collaborating with the Groupe RTD to record the first ever international album to emerge from […]

Asher Gamedze, jazz in motion
Interview
Asher Gamedze, jazz in motion

South African drummer Asher Gamedze announces his debut album Dialectic Soul on the British label On the Corner, which is a string of quality releases. Discussion with this virtuoso of the sticks.

Paris c’est l’Afrique: Between Congo and Zaire (episode 4)
Doc
Paris c’est l’Afrique: Between Congo and Zaire (episode 4)

Starring Ray Lema, Papa Wemba, Kanda Bongo Man, Zao and Loketo… via the Congo river that runs through Paris too.

Shabaka Hutchings, one on one with PAM
Interview
Shabaka Hutchings, one on one with PAM

Confined in his London home, jazzman Shabaka Hutchings speaks about his new album, how he spends his days under quarantine and what he sees for the future.

dumama+kechou’s debut buffering juju is a menagerie of South African identity
Article
dumama+kechou’s debut buffering juju is a menagerie of South African identity

On their debut release titled buffering juju, out now on the Mushroom Hour label, the nomadic folk duo of dumama+kechou offer up takes, re-takes, fixes, and sedimentary reduxes to the sound otherwise known as electronic music.