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5 albums to discover this week
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5 albums to discover this week

This week, an invitation to dance over jerky kuduro-inspired rhythm, an abrasive and sensual record, some modern take on the lulanga, seven minutes of Afrofusion and some hybrid funk.

Highlife veteran Gyedu‑Blay Ambolley reinterprets classics
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Highlife veteran Gyedu‑Blay Ambolley reinterprets classics

Thirty-fifth album and counting, the 75-year-old musician is about to release yet another record, Hi-life Jazz, in which he revisits works by John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Wayne Shorter and Miles Davis. Born in 1947, ten […]

Twi, tradition and hiplife with Pure Akan
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Twi, tradition and hiplife with Pure Akan

Pure Akan wields his heritage and folk stories to create an empowering backdrop to his hiplife sound. The rapper, singer and linguist takes us through the power of names, history and his latest album, Nyame Mma.

Alhaji Waziri Oshomah’s dancing prayer
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Alhaji Waziri Oshomah’s dancing prayer

Luaka Bop honours Nigerian musician Alhaji Waziri Oshomah with a compilation of his songs recorded between the 1970s and 1980s, an introduction to his spiritual dance music inspired by Ghanaian highlife. Originally from Afenmailand, in […]

PAM in conversation with Black Sherif
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PAM in conversation with Black Sherif

PAM met with rising superstar Black Sherif in Accra to talk about his career in music, Burna Boy linkup, trap-highlife blend and what motivates him.

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PAM Club: Kyf!’s inner journey
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PAM Club: Kyf!'s inner journey

The Kyf! project is an augmented show that explores the African continent and its instruments. It’s three actors invite us to listen to their PAM Club, a reflection on their memories and influences. The Kyf! […]

Oriental Brothers: celebrating 50 years with a new record!
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Oriental Brothers: celebrating 50 years with a new record!

Owing to the tenacity of their leader, Dan Satch, and the label Palenque Records, 50 years after their first album the famous Igbo highlife orchestra from eastern Nigeria is back with a new record.

Borga Revolution! Ghanaian Dance Music In The Digital Age
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Borga Revolution! Ghanaian Dance Music In The Digital Age

Kalita Records digs into Ghana’s 1980s and early 90s to unveil a collection of musicians that took the country’s famous highlife adding synths and drum machines for a rare style of ‘Burger Highlife’. The 1970s […]