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The Nigerian superstar pushes the boundaries of Afropop with this classy mini-project that only bodes well for the future.

In 10 years of career, Tiwa Savage has undeniably succeeded in establishing herself as THE diva of contemporary West Africa. Known for feel good afropop anthems like “Koroba” (from her last album Celia) or “Ma Lo”, it seems like the singer has nothing to prove in this field and is looking for something else. It is at least the feeling we are left with when listening to Water & Garri, this new project named after this dry manioc flour that becomes a tasty dish with water and sugar. On the five songs of this EP, none of them sounds like what the singer has offered us so far. Tiwa says it herself on her social media : “I freed myself, I put the music first, I created without fear. I didn’t know what to expect when I released this record, but the fact that you all felt this EP means that I can never go wrong if I really listen to my heart”.

Indeed, Water & Garri is an important artistic shift. “Work Fada”, for example, is a poignant ballad where Tiwa sings with Nas, the monumental New York rapper. Pharrell Williams himself is a fan of the track and compares it with Aretha Franklin in a video that has gone viral. “Tales By Moonlight”, featuring Ghanaian artist Amaarae, is a languid pop track, while “Special Kinda”, featuring Tay Iwar, ends on an electro outro. Actually, the only pure Afrobeats song seems to be “Somebody’s Son”, even if it features American RnB singer Brandy. If this project has only five tracks, it seems to have revealed new prestigious talents that Tiwa Savage had not shown us. We are looking forward to what the diva will do with her new weapons. 

Water & Garri by Tiwa Savage, out now.

Listen to “Tales By Moonlight” in our Songs of the Week playlist on Spotify and Deezer.

 

 

The Rome-based producer returns to his natural habitat: the dance floor. Discover “Anaerobe” exclusively on PAM. 

As an electronic artist and producer, Khalab has developed an international reputation for his original fusion of traditional sounds, deep bass work, jazz, and heavily layered,  dense electronic textures. So far, hee has three albums to his name: Khalab & BabaBlack Noise 2084 and M’berra, recorded in the Mauritanian desert alongside Tuareg musicians from Mali (M’berra Ensemble). He now returns with The Great Oxidation EP, a set of three instrumental tracks. With this new project, the artist aims to direct the listener on a journey into the past, downwards until the most ancestral human ritual reappears: dance.

Two very special collaborations embellish this EP: the Mexican visual artist Carlito Dalceggio contributed by creating the video “Neba,” a full hand-drawn short movie with no digital manipulation or special effects. Experience “Anaerobe” exclusively on PAM, featuring the acclaimed Detroit-based drummer and producer Shigeto. The track is a rapid and upbeat piece, changing atmospheres as it unfolds. 

A selection of our favorite panafrican artists from the 43rd edition of Rennes’ Trans Musicales festival scheduled for December 1st to 5th, 2021.

The Trans Musicale credo has always been to help discover new artists and new musical styles via the stage, to an audience as large and diverse as their casting. Betwee, rock, electronic music, acoustic instruments,and hip-hop, the nearly 80 artists present willl surely dazzle the public. 

From the folk tinted jazz of Urban Village to young Beninois orchestra Star Feminine Band with a stopover at the bass music of Rey Sapienz, here’s our selection of the must see Pan-African artists. 

 

Urban Village

December 1st at 8:30pm

The South African band from Soweto was born of a meeting between four young self-taught musicians, dabbling their instruments in the national music genres of maskandi, mbaqanga, Zulu rock, Xhosa funk. The quartet, whose first album Udondolo was released this year on via Nø Førmat, creates a folk mosaic tinged with jazz and spirituality, welcoming and joyful. 

 

El Combo Batanga

December 4th at 8pm

The Madrid-based band revives the caliente atmosphere of the vibrant Spanish Harlem of the 1960s; a neighbourhood in north-eastern Manhattan with a strong South American community. Through their clever blend of salsa and boogaloo, and unique combo of Cuban sound, soul, pop and rhythm & blues, El Combo Batanga brings this forgotten musical trend back to life. 

 

Batida apresenta Ikoqwe

December 4th at 8pm

Ikoqwe is a provocative, Afrofuturistic and danceable political manifesto. Producer and leader of Lisbon’s thriving Afro-electro scene Pedro Coquenão teams up with Angolan rapper Luaty Beirão (aka Ikonoklasta) to play two characters from another galaxy: Iko and Coqwe. In their first album released this year via Crammed Discs, the two avatars blend electro, rap and traditional Angolan music. 

 

Greentea Peng

December 3rd at 8pm

Born Aria Wells, a sort of Ms. Dynamite in full deceleration, Greentea Peng leaves the fast lanes of R&B on her first album (Man Made) to let herself be absorbed in a languid, bass-heavy nu soul. Underneath her delectable nonchalance, the London artist also reveals a rebellious temperament and lyrics committed against the establishment, gentrification and crime. 

 

Masma Dream World

December 3rd at 4pm

Née d’un père gabonais et d’une mère singapourienne, installée à Brooklyn, Devi Mambouka, alias Masma Dream World, puise dans la pratique du reiki, une médecine douce japonaise, pour explorer des techniques de guérison via des sons réparateurs. Ses mélopées oniriques et méditatives reposent sur des incantations vocales, des basses fréquences et des ondes cérébrales afin d’atteindre un lâcher prise bienfaiteur pour le corps et l’esprit. 

 

Badi

December 2nd at 4pm

The Belgian rapper of Congolese origin Badibanga Ndeka – also known as Badi – produces flamboyant, contemporary Afrofuturist music. A disciple of Kanye West, he builds a bridge between Congolese rumba and electronic music. Through the synthetic Afro-rap tracks of his latest album Trouble-Fête, he explores his family and the DRC’s histories with a sharpened awareness.

 

Nuri

December 4th at 8pm

With his face entrenched behind a long curtain of braids, Tunisian artist Amine Ennouri, alias Nuri, prefers to stay in the shadows and let his percussive power speak for itself. A former drummer in a metal band, he throws traditional samples (balafon, chants…) and a tireless polyrhythmic groove into a blazing fire. The drum rolls trigger our bodies in an organic and nocturnal afro-electro trance.

 

Rey Sapienz

December 4th at 8pm

A member of the Ugandan collective and label Nyege Nyege, Rey Sapienz is a self-taught Congolese producer now based in Kampala. The clatter of his electronic drums, his raucous rapping in Lingala and Swahili and the shrill screams that run through the tracks are an unsettling yet exhilarating experience. His danceable music is made up of complex rhythms crossing kalindula, soukous, Jamaican dancehall and bass music. 

 

Star Feminine Band

December 4th at 2:30pm

Aged between 10 and 17, Anne, Bénie, Grace, Julienne, Marguerite, Sandrine and Urrice form their Beninese female orchestra launched in 2016 by music teacher André Balaguemon, now signed by French label Born Bad Records. After school, the seven young girls grab guitars, basses, drums, keyboards and percussions to rehearse electric and swaying anthems; a modern music, in the legendary footsteps of Miriam Makeba and Angélique Kidjo. 

 

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