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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
Article
”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 […]

The dazzling rise of Ghana’s black star, Kwesi Arthur
Profiles
The dazzling rise of Ghana’s black star, Kwesi Arthur

In five short years, Ghana’s young hip-hop phenomenon experienced a swift ascension into the popular sphere. PAM met with Kwesi Arthur, as polite and cheerful as ever, despite his ferocious status within rap. In 2010, […]

Ian Brennan, Ghana’s fly on the wall
Interview
Ian Brennan, Ghana's fly on the wall

The sixth edition of the impeccable Hidden Musics collection from label Glitterbeat, the fra fra funeral music of Ghana was recorded by American producer Ian Brennan. Interview.  Ian isn’t what you’d call a typical American. […]

Ostinato Records to release Djibouti’s Groupe RTD first ever album
Interview
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 […]

Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids announce new album Shaman
News
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”
News
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 […]

Lady Donli invites Darkovibes on her latest song “Wonda Wonda”
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Lady Donli invites Darkovibes on her latest song "Wonda Wonda"

The track is the first one the Nigerian singer recorded after the release of her album “Enjoy your life” in 2019.

Ambrose Akinmusire announces his fifth album on Blue Note
News
Ambrose Akinmusire announces his fifth album on Blue Note

An arresting new quartet album that denounces the injustices against African-Americans in the United States. Born in Oakland, California, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire presents On the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment, a fifth album that […]

WurlD refines his art with his new project AfroSoul
News
WurlD refines his art with his new project AfroSoul

The Atlanta-based Nigerian singer takes Afrobeats further again with this new 7-track EP.

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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
Article
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 […]