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Marco Woolf on the living, breathing nature of stories
Interview
Marco Woolf on the living, breathing nature of stories

The Malawian-born British artist Marco Woolf takes on the role of improvisational storyteller on Francine, I, an introspective new EP, run through by jazzy contours. Discover the video for “Modus Operandi,” the first single from the record, along with a conversation with the artist on PAM.

Orchestrate96, the Nigerian-American rapper connecting West Africa with the sounds of Houston
Interview
Orchestrate96, the Nigerian‑American rapper connecting West Africa with the sounds of Houston

PAM spoke with up-and-coming Nigerian rapper Orchestrate96 about growing up between Nigeria & Houston, Texas, how he got into music, and his soon-to-be-released album Money Baby.

ChuXchu shows melodic flair on debut EP, Luv Struck
Article
ChuXchu shows melodic flair on debut EP, Luv Struck

Since the release of his highly-anticipated singles “Falling for you (feat. Buju)” and “One In A Million”, chuXchu has established himself as one of Afrofusion’s top rising stars. His first EP is out now, and helps […]

Amaro Freitas combines jazz sound with the heroes of black Brazil
Article
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”
Article
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.

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Carnival, a bastion of Brazilian resistance
Article
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
Article
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
Article
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.

DJ Satelite, the far-sighted good samaritan
Article
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
Article
“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
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.