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Tony Allen, the drummer who played like no other, has passed away in Paris
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Tony Allen, the drummer who played like no other, has passed away in Paris

The Nigerian drummer and Fela’s travelling soulmate with whom he invented Afrobeat, passed away on April, 30th in Paris. PAM revisits the journey of the drumming genius, and his immediately recognizable sound signature which forged […]

Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela, two giants reunited beyond death
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Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela, two giants reunited beyond death

Tony Allen has completed the project he began ten years ago with his friend Hugh Masekela, who left us in 2018. Following the release of this new album, Rejoice, PAM met the brilliant drummer in Paris. […]

Tony Allen announces posthumous album with Hugh Masekela
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Tony Allen announces posthumous album with Hugh Masekela

Rejoice, the long-awaited collaborative album between two African music legends, Tony Allen and the late Hugh Masekela, will finally be released on March 20th via World Circuit. Photo credit: Brett Rubin & Bernard Benant Having […]

Hugh Masekela’s long lost 1980 concert on Lesotho frontlines reissued for the first time
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Hugh Masekela's long lost 1980 concert on Lesotho frontlines reissued for the first time

The unforgettable political climax when the trumpet player taunted the Pretoria Regime on South Africa’s border. Photo credit: Rodney Barnett It was in 1960, after the Sharpeville massacre, that the South African jazzman was exiled to England […]

Miriam Makeba: “Come Back Africa”
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Miriam Makeba: “Come Back Africa”

Miriam Makeba, and the fight goes on (episode 2). Starting out in a country that then turned out to feel like a prison, the singer eventually realizes her success and moves abroad. Read the article while listening to […]

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Nakhane: the voice of an angel who beats his inner demons
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Nakhane: the voice of an angel who beats his inner demons

Nakhane, 30 years old, has just released a unique album, mixing David Bowie’s pop, Marvin Gaye’s soul, church choirs and the house beats he’s been drowning to in clubs. Interview with a surprising artist whose […]

‘Zaire 74’ legendary music festival now available!
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'Zaire 74' legendary music festival now available!

Franco, Tabu Ley, Makeba, Abeti… they all were recorded during these three crazy nights that announced the famous Ali vs Foreman boxing fight. Back to Kinshasa, Zaire, 1974.