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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
History
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”.

Legendary Congolese rumba jam by Les Mangelepa Orchestra reissued on Secousse
News
Legendary Congolese rumba jam by Les Mangelepa Orchestra reissued on Secousse

Nyako Konya is the name of a jam session that has become one of the key tracks of Kenyan orchestra Les Mangelepa. Marseilles-based label Secousse has re-released Nyako Konya with three unreleased remixes. Nairobi, Kenya, […]

The 80 best albums of the 2010s
List / Guide
The 80 best albums of the 2010s

2020 is here. An occasion for PAM to revisit the last decade’s best albums. From 2010 to 2019, here are our 80 essential albums of the decade. It was abundantly clear at the top of […]

Sankayi band’s ‘Il ne faut pas intervenir’ resurfaces on a short live video
Music Video
Sankayi band's 'Il ne faut pas intervenir' resurfaces on a short live video

Before releasing Kinshasa 1978, an album of unreleased recordings from four bands of Kinshasa, Crammed Discs unveils a rare video of the song ‘Il ne faut pas intervenir’ performed by Masanka band. Filmed in the […]

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Bantou Mentale unveils trippy music video for ‘Château Rouge’
Music Video
Bantou Mentale unveils trippy music video for 'Château Rouge'

An experimental music video for Bantou Mentale debut album’s main single, “Château Rouge”. Afro-punk band Bantou Mentale composed of singer Apocalypse, drummer Cubain Kabeya, guitarist Chicco Katembo and producer Doctor L are paying tribute to the Parisian […]

Tribute to Franco, 30 years after his death
Article
Tribute to Franco, 30 years after his death

The giant of Congolese music passed away on October 12, 1989 in Brussels. It was thirty years ago. His music and his heritage have remained alive, more than ever. “De mi amor”. Among the many […]

Soul Jazz collected the sounds of The Congos in 50s-60s on new compilation
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Soul Jazz collected the sounds of The Congos in 50s‑60s on new compilation

Congo Revolution – Revolutionary and Evolutionary Sounds from the Two Congos 1955-62 showcases the Congolese rumba explosion.  This October, Soul Jazz Records is releasing a new double vinyl compilation shining a light on music from The two Congos during […]