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From Franck Descollonges’ record collection: Ethiopian Music, past and present
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From Franck Descollonges’ record collection: Ethiopian Music, past and present

Before going any further, I would like to point out that this makes for a tiny bit of self-promotion as it is Heavenly Sweetness that is releasing this catalog on vinyl in collaboration with Buda […]

From Franck Descollonges’ record collection: Jamaican Sweetness
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From Franck Descollonges’ record collection: Jamaican Sweetness

This summer the boss of the Heavenly Sweetness label shares some of the treasures of his record collection with us. Dive into reggae music featuring Bob Marley, Ken Boothe, Hugh Mundell and more.

The best Kenyan songs and collaborations of 2021
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The best Kenyan songs and collaborations of 2021

They say Kenyan music clutches at straws for identity; that it’s a concoction of various sounds, difficult to classify under a singular umbrella. In fact, maybe that’s the beauty of it. The first half of the year has seen some exciting collaborations emerging in the Kenyan urban music scene, featuring Rhumba, Afropop, Trap and Gengetone, from seasoned acts to new entrants. Here is a glimpse at what’s constituting the playlist of Kenya’s listeners.

Sérgio Mendes’ Brazil
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Sérgio Mendes' Brazil

This summer the boss of the Heavenly Sweetness label shares some of the treasures of his record collection with us.

The best Nigerian songs of 2021 so far (2nd quarter)
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The best Nigerian songs of 2021 so far (2nd quarter)

We’re halfway through 2021 and what an interesting run it has been for the music industry thus far. From the vivid adoption of South Africa’s Amapiano to the emergence of new names like Ruger, Ayra […]

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Rap: 10 songs and a tour of Africa (2nd quarter 2021)
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Rap: 10 songs and a tour of Africa (2nd quarter 2021)

From Ghana, Tunisia and Kenya to Egypt, Togo, Guinea… PAM presents a selection of ten tracks that have been making waves in the world of African rap in the second quarter of 2021.

6 iconic samples of Nigerian artists
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6 iconic samples of Nigerian artists

In the rich crates of sound holding Nigeria’s musical past and present, artists from around the world find inspiration by sampling the many genres from Afrobeat to Apala.

Cheryl Ann Bolden’s personal soundtrack
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Cheryl Ann Bolden’s personal soundtrack

In her quest for memories, Cheryl Ann Bolden has never forgotten the music that accompanied her throughout her journey. This is her mantra playlist, songs that have been central to her story. The Keeper is a documentary that focuses on her as an artist, available to watch here.

The Nigerian producers to watch out for in 2021
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The Nigerian producers to watch out for in 2021

We dive into the masterminds behind the records of Burna Boy, Fireboy DML, Joeboy, Tiwa Savage and more, shining a light on the talent of the many producers taking Nigerian music to new levels of creativity and prestige.

The best Nigerian songs of 2021 so far
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The best Nigerian songs of 2021 so far

After a rocky 2020 that witnessed a pandemic and national protests against police violence, Nigerian artists are hitting 2021 with a newfound force. Here is our selection of the best Nigerian music of 2021 so far.

20 unmissable music videos this month
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20 unmissable music videos this month

Whether declarations of love or mournful tributes, calls for celebration or sharp social critique, these are PAM’s unmissable videos for March.