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Amaro Freitas combines jazz sound with the heroes of black Brazil
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Amaro Freitas combines jazz sound with the heroes of black Brazil

With Sankofa, the pianist mixes jazz and Afro rhythms, paying tribute to many black figures in Brazilian history. Both a memorial and a spiritual album.

Common: “Revolution and love is like a couple”
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Common: "Revolution and love is like a couple"

The American rapper preaches love : for oneself, for others and for a (healthy) life, rather than advocating the swag and the ego-tripping beefs of other rappers. Values that infuse Beautiful Révolution (part 1), his new album featuring guests Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, and Chuck D.

Carnival, a bastion of Brazilian resistance
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Carnival, a bastion of Brazilian resistance

An expression of social and political life, the Carnival is also a liminal space of transgression, offering a celebratory freedom of expression synonymous with challenging the powers that be.

It’s Kamo Mphela’s time in South Africa
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It’s Kamo Mphela’s time in South Africa

Kamo Mphela has just released her second EP “Nkulunkulu”, starting with a prayer and ending with a party. PAM speaks with the rising superstar about her come up and breaking from the box of the Dance Music Queen.

Club in Africa: the dancefloor writes back
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Club in Africa: the dancefloor writes back

An introduction into Spector Books’ recently published Ten Cities, exploring the clubs and party goers of Africa’s most prominent dancefloors, including a few words from the journalist and contributors.

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DJ Satelite, the far-sighted good samaritan
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DJ Satelite, the far‑sighted good samaritan

Since 2000 the shadow-dwelling DJ Satelite has been shaping the kuduro and afro house of tomorrow. While the compilation Seres Produções 200 was being released, PAM spoke with the Angolan DJ and producer for whom recognition has come late, despite his always being ahead of the curve.

“Young Gifted and Black”: nothing could stop Aretha
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“Young Gifted and Black”: nothing could stop Aretha

Nina Simone’s song became Aretha Franklin’s hit. It’s many covers attest to how much it has spoken and continues to speak to black artists from the US and elsewhere.

Anthony Yeboah recalls the golden years of Vis-a-Vis
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Anthony Yeboah recalls the golden years of Vis‑a‑Vis

As Canadian label We are Busy Bodies reissues Obi Agye Me Dofo (1977), one of the most famous LPs of the glorious highlife Ghanaian band Vis-a-Vis, PAM reached Isaac Yeboah, singer and original member of the band. Interview.

Welcome to Kumerica: dive into the Kumasi street phenomenon
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Welcome to Kumerica: dive into the Kumasi street phenomenon

In Ghana, rap is going through a revival with the drill wave. The subgenre revealed the existence of the Kumerica subculture to the whole country, originating from the poor neighbourhoods of Kumasi.

Keith Jarrett, a retirement in tatters
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Keith Jarrett, a retirement in tatters

Having suffered from two strokes, the virtuoso pianist may never again return to the stages that gave birth to his legend, and where he redefined the art of improvisational jazz.

PAM Rewind: mOma’s world in 10 tracks
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PAM Rewind: mOma’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 his musical universe. Today we start with DJ mOma.