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Scratchclart and the mechanics of gqom vs grime
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Scratchclart and the mechanics of gqom vs grime

PAM sat down with Scratcha DVA aka Scratchclart aka Scratcha before his b2b with Durban native Menzi for the first edition of Boiler Room fest to talk about the outsider essence of the gqom, grime connection. 

Bongeziwe Mabandla, standing up for your own heart
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Bongeziwe Mabandla, standing up for your own heart

After three years and a whole pandemic, “Noba Bangathini”, the debut single from South African singer songwriter Bongeziwe Mabandla’s forthcoming album, is here.  

Frigid Armadillo and the future of Afro-house
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Frigid Armadillo and the future of Afro‑house

Shiba Melissa Mazaza spoke with Frigid Armadillo about finding success and feeling the sound in the ever-changing landscape of Afro-house from it’s drum heavy origins to modern gentrification for the release of their new EP, Penga.

Somadina and the sweet danger of the heavenly undeniable
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Somadina and the sweet danger of the heavenly undeniable

Nigerian artist Somadina builds on her panoply of experience for a debut that includes Nollywood punk, afro-psychedelic future nostalgia, indie rock and an alternative spirit that’s both wild and weird, sweet and dangerous. 

Ria Sean, destination Love Station
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Ria Sean, destination Love Station

PAM spoke with Nigerian songstress Ria Sean on the process surrounding her sophomore EP Love Station, a slow-tempo, afro-fusion tale of confidence, self-doubt, and boundless love. 

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Lamin Fofana, organizing sound for ambient meanings
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Lamin Fofana, organizing sound for ambient meanings

Sierra Leone born musician and sound designer talks about the nature of his free-formed projects, informed by his changing environment and evolving worldview and culminating in his latest work, Here Lies Universality.

PsychoYP, keeping the Nigerian rap dream alive
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PsychoYP, keeping the Nigerian rap dream alive

YPSZN3, the final installment of the 24-year-old rapper’s outstanding trilogy, is proof that Nigerian rap is alive and well. Like Lil Wayne in ’07, PsychoYP is building an empire, and a dream team to go with.

And through it all, Adomaa rises again
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And through it all, Adomaa rises again

PAM spoke with Adomaa, the Ghanaian-Nigerian alté singer and actress, on the release of Becoming Adomaa, an honest and vulnerable recounting of her journey through fame and the industry, from disillusion to salvation. Interview.

Kanazoé Orkestra, balafon to the world
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Kanazoé Orkestra, balafon to the world

Led by master griot Seydou Diabate, the Kanazoé Orkestra blends traditional balafon music with a cosmopolitan collection of musicians and sounds to bring the instrument to a new world of listeners.

Catching up with Hiribae and Nairobi’s alt scene
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Catching up with Hiribae and Nairobi's alt scene

Hiribae Wanyoike or simply Hiribae is a pioneering force of Nairobi’s blooming alternative scene. Hiribae breaks down the emergence of Kenya’s offbeat creative disciplines and his work as a DJ, producer, EA Wave founder and member of Kelele Kollectiv. 

Phelimuncasi, family gqom
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Phelimuncasi, family gqom

Unveiled internationally by Nyege Nyege in 2020, Phelimuncasi already has more than 10 years of underground gqom under its belt. Better late than never, the rest of the world finally discovered the South Africans at work on stage, performing their latest album Ama Gogela.