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Moorish music: a Saharan classical art (2/2)
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Moorish music: a Saharan classical art (2/2)

In the second and final part of our introduction to Moorish music, PAM takes a look at how the Moorish sound evolved from the days of colonization.

Moorish music: a Saharan classical art (1/2)
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Moorish music: a Saharan classical art (1/2)

Moorish music stands at the crossroads of multiple influences – Sub-Saharan, North African, Middle Eastern and European. It’s a highly sophisticated sound that prides itself in being wholly unique and original.

Crazy Jazzmen of Africa: BYG and the 1969 Pan-African music festival in Algeria
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Crazy Jazzmen of Africa: BYG and the 1969 Pan‑African music festival in Algeria

Episode 3: BYG Records, an adventurous label, released a series of albums in the autumn of 1969 which became legendary when they invited the cream of American free jazz back from the Pan-African Festival in […]

Congo Freedom, epilogue: the legacy of independence
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Congo Freedom, epilogue: the legacy of independence

1960-2020. Sixty years on from their hard-fought independence, the Congolese – much like other citizens of respective African countries – were revisiting their history. Amongst them were the artists, who chose to explore their reflection through music. Let’s take a closer look at what the songs of Jupiter and Baloji’s have to teach us today.

Lumumba, a national hero
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Lumumba, a national hero

On June 30th, 1960, the entire population of the Congo, and in particular its capital Lépoldville, danced “the independence cha-cha”. But menacing clouds would soon darken the Congolese skies. Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba would come to pay the price for his actions. His name remains forged in people’s memories, and in the songs that tell his tragic story.

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“Ata Ndele”: sooner or later, independence will come
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"Ata Ndele": sooner or later, independence will come

In our last episode, PAM visited a post-war Congo-Leopoldville (currently DRC), at a time when new sounds and ideas began to form. These would, in time, lead the country to independence, on June 30th, 1960. Naturally, music played a key role.

June 30th, 1960: when the independence of Congo was put to music
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June 30th, 1960: when the independence of Congo was put to music

Running through June 30, PAM invites you to discover a new episode each weekly in our series dedicated to the Independence of present day DRC and the musical power of Rumba.

The Congo dives deep into the Afro-Cuban sound
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The Congo dives deep into the Afro‑Cuban sound

In the first episode of our series dedicated to the soundtrack of independence from Congo (DRC), PAM reflects on the influence of Afro-Cuban music that the first great Congolese orchestras began to imitate, before they broke free to create their own sound: “Congolese rumba”.

Paris c’est l’Afrique: Between Congo and Zaire (episode 4)
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Paris c’est l’Afrique: Between Congo and Zaire (episode 4)

Starring Ray Lema, Papa Wemba, Kanda Bongo Man, Zao and Loketo… via the Congo river that runs through Paris too.

Paris c’est l’Afrique: “The griots and the rebels” (episode 3)
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Paris c’est l’Afrique: “The griots and the rebels” (episode 3)

PAM is pleased to present the third episode of the Paris c’est l’Afrique series by Philippe Conrath (1989) via our YouTube channel. A nosedive into Mandingo culture, its griots and its rebels. We meet this […]

Paris c’est l’Afrique: the many ways of mbalax (episode 2)
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Paris c’est l’Afrique: the many ways of mbalax (episode 2)

PAM is pleased to present a new episode from the Paris c’est L’Afrique series (dir. Philippe Conrath, 1989) on our YouTube channel. Youssou N’Dour, Xalam, Touré Kunda, Doudou N’Diaye Rose, Omar Pène… from Dakar to Paris, they […]