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Mariette Auvray talks to us about her film The Keeper
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Mariette Auvray talks to us about her film The Keeper

The French director has made a new film The Keeper, a portrait of the artist and curator Cheryl Ann Bolden, who uses objects to free both words and memories. The film will be available on PAM’s YouTube channel.

Muzi’s “Interblaktic,” love it or move over
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Muzi’s “Interblaktic,” love it or move over

In conversation with Muzi, the Zulu Skywalker, who takes us to another dimension of cool in his latest single and accompanying music video, Interblaktic. We talk afronowism, his link-up with VANS Global, and his Chicago house inspirations below.

King Perryy the continental boy becomes Citizen of the World
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King Perryy the continental boy becomes Citizen of the World

King Perryy brings together reggae, dancehall, afrobeats, drill and more to his debut album, staking his claim without borders or restrictions and with the powerful cosigns of some of today’s most influential artists.

Cheryl Ann Bolden: introducing The Keeper
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Cheryl Ann Bolden: introducing The Keeper

On 7th May, PAM will be releasing the documentary The Keeper directed by Mariette Auvray. The film focuses on the artist Cheryl Ann Bolden, whose travelling museum connects people to Black history. PAM met her in Paris.

A-Reece battles remorse on Today’s Tragedy, Tomorrow’s Memory
Interview
A‑Reece battles remorse on Today’s Tragedy, Tomorrow’s Memory

South Africa’s top lyricist tackles grief and responsibility on his new album Today’s Tragedy, Tomorrow’s Memory. Filled with soulful production and earned wisdom, A-Reece establishes his role as rap’s young conscience.

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Toumani Diabaté, the man who talked with a symphony orchestra
Interview
Toumani Diabaté, the man who talked with a symphony orchestra

The label World Circuit is releasing for the first time a sumptuous concert where the kora maestro performs with the London Symphony Orchestra. PAM contacted him in Abidjan to talk about this groundbreaking experience.

Shabaka Hutchings returns from the spheres to talk Black To The Future
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Shabaka Hutchings returns from the spheres to talk Black To The Future

Shabaka Hutchings talks Dogon cosmology, African flutes and the field recordings of Hugh Tracey ahead of the release of the new Sons of Kemet album, Black To The Future

Wau Wau Collective: An unclassifiable union
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Wau Wau Collective: An unclassifiable union

The outcome of an encounter between the Swedish musician-producer Karl Jonas Winqvist and musicians from the Toubab Dialaw village in Senegal, this collective recording, which evolved through jam sessions and WhatsApp exchanges, represents a strange vessel that traverses the Mediterranean soundscape. Read PAM’s full interview.

Ballaké Sissoko, the one and the many – the world’s kora player
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Ballaké Sissoko, the one and the many – the world’s kora player

The master of the kora has released a new album, Djourou, wherein which he beautifully demonstrates his art of musical conversation. From Oxmo Puccino to Camille and Salif Keita, Djourou tastefully brings together a myriad of artists, centred on the kora. PAM interviews the artist.

YUNIS, synthetic traditions
Interview
YUNIS, synthetic traditions

With his new EP Mulid El-Magnuon, the Egyptian musician YUNIS relies on traditional wedding music and Mawlid festivities, reinterpreting them via a blend of Ney music and synthesizers. PAM finds out more.

Don’t get too comfortable with Simi
Interview
Don’t get too comfortable with Simi

The unrelenting Nigerian afropop singer breaks down her career thus far, her acclaimed Restless series, and the trials of being a mother and musician in a time of crisis.