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The 10 best Nigerian music videos of the month
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The 10 best Nigerian music videos of the month

The Nigerian music industry, facing the reality of the pandemic, has turned virtual. The digital world is busy as ever as TikTok challenges and Instagram Lives begin to take the place of traditional video. That […]

The 10 best Mzansi music videos of the month
List / Guide
The 10 best Mzansi music videos of the month

Amidst mounting tragedy, the music keeps playing. Here’s a selection of what we unearthed this month. The president of South Africa went live on national television to announce a phased approach towards easing lockdown regulations. […]

”F#@K Tha Police” and other lessons from hip-hop on police brutality
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”F#@K Tha Police” and other lessons from hip‑hop on police brutality

In the wake of the unjust murder of George Floyd, we look at hip-hop’s power of social commentary and political change regarding police brutality towards African Americans. The most recent killing of George Floyd on May […]

Ostinato Records to release Djibouti’s Groupe RTD first ever album
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Ostinato Records to release Djibouti’s Groupe RTD first ever album

Already proud to be able to wave essential compilations dedicated to Sudan, Somalia, Haiti or Cape Verde, Ostinato is now collaborating with the Groupe RTD to record the first ever international album to emerge from […]

Asher Gamedze, jazz in motion
Interview
Asher Gamedze, jazz in motion

South African drummer Asher Gamedze announces his debut album Dialectic Soul on the British label On the Corner, which is a string of quality releases. Discussion with this virtuoso of the sticks.

Nyege Nyege crew announces a magazine and mixtape for the MBE label
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Nyege Nyege crew announces a magazine and mixtape for the MBE label

Nyege Nyege has teamed up with the MBE label to publish a limited edition magazine called Nyege Nyege Archive and accompany it with a tape of field recordings made in Africa, mainly in the 1950s […]

KELEKETLA!, a collaboration between London and South Africa
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KELEKETLA!, a collaboration between London and South Africa  

London duo Coldcut unveils the track “Future Toyi Toyi” from their collaboration KELEKETLA! with artists from South Africa. Keleketla! is a collaborative project that started at Keleketla! Library, an independent library in Johannesburg. The album […]

Sahel Sounds invites Amaria Hamadahler on their ephemeral EP series via WhatsApp
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Sahel Sounds invites Amaria Hamadahler on their ephemeral EP series via WhatsApp

For the year of 2020, Sahel Sounds presents “Music from Saharan WhatsApp.” Every month, the label release an EP from a musical group in the Sahel recorded on a cellphone, transmitted over WhatsApp, and uploaded to Bandcamp, where it will live for one month only.

Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids announce new album Shaman
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Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids announce new album Shaman

Check out the first extract “Theme For Cecil”, a tribute to Cecil Taylor. Created in 1973, the iconic afro-jazz band, Ackamoor and The Pyramids, are back on the scene after their last album An Angel […]

Rema performs the unheard track “Fame” on Colors Encore
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Rema performs the unheard track “Fame” on Colors Encore

One year after the outstanding performance of “Bad Commando”, the young prodigy Rema has returned to the Colors Show to perform the unreleased track “Fame”.  2019 was a standout year for Rema. Having released a […]

Rising Nigerian artist Tems shares new song “These Days”
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Rising Nigerian artist Tems shares new song “These Days”

After the viral hit “Try Me”, singer-songwriter and producer Tems unveils her first song of the year. Tems’ popularity is no longer debatable. The RnB/Soul alternative singer is a close collaborator of Nigerian artist Odunsi and […]

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dumama+kechou’s debut buffering juju is a menagerie of South African identity
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dumama+kechou’s debut buffering juju is a menagerie of South African identity

On their debut release titled buffering juju, out now on the Mushroom Hour label, the nomadic folk duo of dumama+kechou offer up takes, re-takes, fixes, and sedimentary reduxes to the sound otherwise known as electronic music.

The rising producer Kilamanzego offers futuristic African takes on bass music
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The rising producer Kilamanzego offers futuristic African takes on bass music

Born in the Bronx from Ghanaian parents, Kilamanzego comes to the forefront of the scene with These Roots Are on Fire, a promising and incredibly stimulating first EP. PAM spoke with the artist to better understand her […]

Listen to an exclusive mix from rising producer DJ Danifox
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Listen to an exclusive mix from rising producer DJ Danifox

Partner in crime with the Príncipe Discos label, the young Lisboner Danifox continues to rise with a second EP in pure batida tradition. For the occasion, he offers us an exclusive mix and tells us […]

Extra Soul Perception, augmented reality music
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Extra Soul Perception, augmented reality music

Get together eight artists from a number of different countries and backgrounds for a week in Nairobi to create an album and a documentary – this was the ambitious gamble made and won by the […]

PsychoYP and Abuja trap
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PsychoYP and Abuja trap

The Nigerian rapper from Abuja built his success away from Lagos, boasting a trap style of his own, drawing on afrobeats as well as American slang and sound. Interview Is Atlanta still the first city […]

T’Neeya and the language of afrobeats
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T’Neeya and the language of afrobeats

Born in Douala, based in Ghana T’Neeya is one of the rising stars of afrobeats. In French, Pidgin, English or German, the polyglot artist reaches audiences across borders. Interview. With West-African artists rising on huge […]