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“Georgia on My Mind”: the spirit of Ray Charles returns to the south
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“Georgia on My Mind”: the spirit of Ray Charles returns to the south

Each week during Black History month PAM will be celebrating by looking at a seminal piece of black American music that helps tell the story of the United States. Today its “Georgia On My Mind” by Ray Charles.

“Young Gifted and Black”: nothing could stop Aretha
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“Young Gifted and Black”: nothing could stop Aretha

Nina Simone’s song became Aretha Franklin’s hit. It’s many covers attest to how much it has spoken and continues to speak to black artists from the US and elsewhere.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe, rock’s soul mate
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Sister Rosetta Tharpe, rock’s soul mate

Despite being an inspiration for Chuck Berry and Elvis, this gospel singer and virtuoso guitarist was left almost totally absent from the history books before a recent revival that is finally beginning to do her justice, almost 40 years after her death.

Roots: Curtis Mayfield, a dedicated soul
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Roots: Curtis Mayfield, a dedicated soul

During Black History Month, PAM looks back at landmark works of American black music that are enmeshed in the country’s history. Today, the album Roots, Curtis Mayfield’s fine tuning of his allegiance to Black Power.

Tim Black: a century of jazz music and fighting
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Tim Black: a century of jazz music and fighting

Who better to close our Black History Month feature than with this militant centenarian. Tim Black rubbed shoulders with the greatest figures in 20th century Black History: political leaders and jazz legends jostle in the memories […]

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1964: Nina Simone sings ‘Mississippi Goddam’
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1964: Nina Simone sings 'Mississippi Goddam'

Each year on the 1st of February, Black History Month begins in the United States. A month dedicated to African-American history and the African diaspora. PAM revisits a few moments of its history with emblematic […]

Washington, white power, black capital
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Washington, white power, black capital

Released in 1975, the political-funk delirium “Chocolate City” by George Clinton’s Parliament imagined the American capital under black sovereignty and a White House entrusted to figures of Black Power. Here is the third episode of […]

Black History Month: ‘Julie’ and the choice of freedom, by Rhiannon Giddens
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Black History Month: 'Julie' and the choice of freedom, by Rhiannon Giddens

Each year on the 1st of February, Black History Month begins in the United States. A month dedicated to African-American history and the African diaspora. This February, PAM revisits a few moments of its history […]