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“Kinsiona”: when Franco cried over his great little brother
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“Kinsiona”: when Franco cried over his great little brother

In August 1970, Franco’s younger brother, Bavon Marie-Marie, passed away under tragic circumstances. As an epitaph, the Grand Master paid tribute with one of his most beautiful songs, “Kinsiona” (Sorrow).

Djembes, tamas, and sacred beats: a brief survey of African drums
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Djembes, tamas, and sacred beats: a brief survey of African drums

The drum gives rhythm to the many pan-African musics that are the soundtrack to dancefloors and discotheques, sacred spaces and ceremonies. Listen in on the djembe, tama, bendir and ngalabi alongside their musical cousins to explore the beat under Africa’s feet.

PAM Meets Menzi: experiencing wildness at Le Guess Who?
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PAM Meets Menzi: experiencing wildness at Le Guess Who?

PAM meets Menzi at the 2021 Le Guess Who? Festival in Utrecht. A gqom pioneer and Durban native, Menzi is empowering the dance music cultural underground with his dark and energetic mixes.

PAM Club: EchoE’s musical childhood
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PAM Club: EchoE's musical childhood

Kenyan experimental producer EchoE calls upon his childhood memories by delivering a mix of his influences. A PAM Club placed under the sign of the East African rhumba! At the beginning of the year, we […]

Oumou Sangaré : “It’s difficult to rattle me”
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Oumou Sangaré : "It’s difficult to rattle me"

In Mali, her home country, she is busy with a project to create an institute ; she recorded her new album Timbuktu in the United States ; and she has recently become an actress in a film shot in France. Oumou Sangaré is back indeed and speaks cogently and with humour about her thirty-year career. Interview.

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“Mario”: Franco’s biggest hit now has a lyric video
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“Mario”: Franco’s biggest hit now has a lyric video

We land in Zaire’s Cité de la Voix, where the state-owned radio and television stations are located. Franco is filmed here at the Maman Angebi studio, named after an important female figure in Zairean television. […]

Secondary vibrations of Dumi and the Maraire family, mbira included
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Secondary vibrations of Dumi and the Maraire family, mbira included

PAM spoke with Tendai Maraire, son of Dumisani Maraire about the reissue of his father’s album Tichazomuona, the legacy of the name and the spiritual sacrifice required by one of Africa’s oldest instruments.

Cheb Runner, angry immigrant music for a unified dancefloor
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Cheb Runner, angry immigrant music for a unified dancefloor

PAM met Cheb Runner at The Hague’s 2022 Rewire festival, an artist building bridges between a musical past and electric future through the eyes of an angry immigrant bent on unifying the public through dance.

A tale of two Kamarus
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A tale of two Kamarus

Two musicians bore the name, Joseph Kamaru, a grandfather and titan of Kenyan folk lost to time and an ambient musician grandson in the midst of his destiny.

Ish Kevin, Trappish Music and Rwanda’s hip-hop generation
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Ish Kevin, Trappish Music and Rwanda’s hip‑hop generation

Following the release of his EP Trappish II off his own label imprint Trappish Music, Ish Kevin breaks down the distinctions in Kigali’s rap community, the mindset of Rwanda’s next generation and the power of collaboration to bring Rwandan music to the world.

PAM Rewind: Cheetah’s world in 10 tracks
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PAM Rewind: Cheetah's world in 10 tracks

Every month Cortega picks a DJ or producer who puts Africa and its diaspora in the spotlight. Featuring an exclusive playlist of the 10 sounds that have shaped her musical universe.