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From Franck Descollonges’ record collection: Ethiopian Music, past and present
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From Franck Descollonges’ record collection: Ethiopian Music, past and present

Before going any further, I would like to point out that this makes for a tiny bit of self-promotion as it is Heavenly Sweetness that is releasing this catalog on vinyl in collaboration with Buda […]

From Franck Descollonges’ record collection: Jamaican Sweetness
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From Franck Descollonges’ record collection: Jamaican Sweetness

This summer the boss of the Heavenly Sweetness label shares some of the treasures of his record collection with us. Dive into reggae music featuring Bob Marley, Ken Boothe, Hugh Mundell and more.

Master KG: “Jerusalema” and beyond
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Master KG: "Jerusalema" and beyond

The young South African DJ, producer, and creator of 2020’s biggest hit “Jerusalema,” Master KG, talks about his newfound success, humble beginnings, and the road ahead…

The best Kenyan songs and collaborations of 2021
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The best Kenyan songs and collaborations of 2021

They say Kenyan music clutches at straws for identity; that it’s a concoction of various sounds, difficult to classify under a singular umbrella. In fact, maybe that’s the beauty of it. The first half of the year has seen some exciting collaborations emerging in the Kenyan urban music scene, featuring Rhumba, Afropop, Trap and Gengetone, from seasoned acts to new entrants. Here is a glimpse at what’s constituting the playlist of Kenya’s listeners.

Sérgio Mendes’ Brazil
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Sérgio Mendes' Brazil

This summer the boss of the Heavenly Sweetness label shares some of the treasures of his record collection with us.

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Archie Shepp: The great champion of transmission
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Archie Shepp: The great champion of transmission

The pioneer of «free jazz » has ceaselessly examined every strata of African-American culture since his arrival on the scene in 1960. He continues his explorations on his new album « Let My People Go », a duo with the pianist Jason Moran.

The best Nigerian songs of 2021 so far (2nd quarter)
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The best Nigerian songs of 2021 so far (2nd quarter)

We’re halfway through 2021 and what an interesting run it has been for the music industry thus far. From the vivid adoption of South Africa’s Amapiano to the emergence of new names like Ruger, Ayra […]

Sparrow and Barbossa announce the release of debut album, Seven Seas
Interview
Sparrow and Barbossa announce the release of debut album, Seven Seas

The Swiss-Uruguayan duo have released Seven Seas, an Afro and Latin house summer gem that features a host of international names. Listen to “E Fura” and hear from the artists.

The other heroes of the Table Ronde
Histoire
The other heroes of the Table Ronde

On 30 June 1960, the Congo (DRC) became independent. Alan Brain, director of the movie The Rumba Kings, and Manda Tchebwa, historian of Congolese music, have reconstructed in detail, with the help of archives, African Jazz orchestra’s journey. On their way to Belgium, the orchestra was in charge of brightening up the nights of the delegates participating in the negotiations, and composed the ‘Independence Cha Cha’.

Rap: 10 songs and a tour of Africa (2nd quarter 2021)
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Rap: 10 songs and a tour of Africa (2nd quarter 2021)

From Ghana, Tunisia and Kenya to Egypt, Togo, Guinea… PAM presents a selection of ten tracks that have been making waves in the world of African rap in the second quarter of 2021.

Everything in time: BLK JKS new music and documentary
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Everything in time: BLK JKS new music and documentary

We sat down with Molefi of BLK JKS to talk about their prodigious return and live documentary that captured the performance of their latest album Abantu, Before Humans at 44 On Long to dispel questions about their 10 year absence.