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Ballaké Sissoko unveils intimate new album, A Touma
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Ballaké Sissoko unveils intimate new album, A Touma

The Malian virtuoso returns for a close tête à tête with his kora, exploring Mandingo traditions, family history and Malian legends on eight tracks. Taking time off from sessions tied to his latest album, Djourou, […]

Urban Village on Apple Music’s New Artist Spotlight
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Urban Village on Apple Music’s New Artist Spotlight

Apple Music recognizes Urban Village for their debut album release Undondolo with their New Artist Spotlight program. Apple Music has taken notice of Urban Village following the release of their debut album Udondolo. The Soweto-based […]

Soweto, a musical genealogy by Lerato Lichaba from Urban Village
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Soweto, a musical genealogy by Lerato Lichaba from Urban Village

PAM met the founder of the group Urban Village, a guitarist and art researcher born in Soweto. In a few vinyls, he retraces a slice of South African music history (60-80s), all the way from their village to Soweto, the great cultural shaker.

Oumou Sangaré announces Acoustic, an album recorded under live conditions
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Oumou Sangaré announces Acoustic, an album recorded under live conditions

The label No Format! announces the release of an exclusive album by Oumou Sangaré, called “Acoustic”. It was recorded under live conditions where the purity of her voice and that of the instruments shine through. The album will be released on June 19th.

Urban Village, folk music in the streets of Johannesburg
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Urban Village, folk music in the streets of Johannesburg

South African quartet Urban Village joins French label No Format to announce a debut album with the single “Sakhisizwe” along with a contagious live recording. Feet steeped in tradition and head bowed toward the future, […]

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Gérald Toto to release new EP on No Format, À L’Automne
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Gérald Toto to release new EP on No Format, À L’Automne

One year after the calming listening experience of his latest album, Sway, Gérald Toto is back with new EP, À L’Automne. French-born Antillean composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Gérald Toto’s new EP is a prolongation of Sway; his 2018’s album on which he invented […]

6 albums you need to hear this week
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6 albums you need to hear this week

A selection of our favorite albums and EPs released this week. With Blick Bassy, KOKOROKO, Duke, Jerico, Fuse ODG and R2Bees. Photo credit: Justice Mukheli Blick Bassy 1958 Four years after releasing “Akö”, the singer and […]

Toto Bona Lokua’s Gerald Toto Shares New Song “Away Alive”
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Toto Bona Lokua's Gerald Toto Shares New Song "Away Alive"

Gerald Toto has released “Away Alive” the first single off of his forthcoming album Sway. We last heard Gerald Toto on the sublime 2017 trio album Bondeko, recorded with fellow global travellers Lokua Kanza and […]