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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.

J’ouvert in the diaspora
Feature
J’ouvert in the diaspora

This year in Port Of Spain, J’ouvert morning won’t dawn. On September 28th 2020, Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley confirmed that due to the continuing global pandemic the carnival of carnivals is cancelled, a privation also to befall Rio De Janeiro and New Orleans where the pre-lent bacchanal will likewise be missing in 2021.

Anthony Yeboah recalls the golden years of Vis-a-Vis
History
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
Reportage
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.

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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.

Kweku Smoke’s Snoop Forever is a trip to reality
Chronique
Kweku Smoke’s Snoop Forever is a trip to reality

The Ghanaian rapper launches the offensive with this boiling first album, dedicated to his late brother. A cold journey through the West African ghettos, told by one of the fiercest lyricists of his time.

On The Corner Records, a ticket to outer space
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On The Corner Records, a ticket to outer space

Despite covid-19, 2020 has seen many exciting releases for the label On The Corner. On the release of their opulent compilation Door to the Cosmos we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to give founder Pete Buckenham a call, and retrace the history and the spirit of the out-of-this-world label.

Stella Chiweshe is giving mbira a home and you can help
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Stella Chiweshe is giving mbira a home and you can help

Stella Chiweshe, the Queen of Mbira, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to construct the Chivanhu Centre, a home for traditional music and cultural preservation.

London has its own jazz and it’s here to stay
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London has its own jazz and it’s here to stay

Vanguards of the London jazz scene have garnered acclaim by cultivating a culture of musical diversity and inclusion passed on through dedicated teachers and a spirit of giving.