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Panacha Culture - Pax America
Panacha Culture & Prezident Brown - Pax America
Panacha Culture - Le Discour

Label : White label / Runn Records      Format : 12"      Date : 01-05-1999
Rating : (1 to 5 stars)

Panache Culture was formed in 1986 and right from the start it was a "clash of cultures, clash of riddims". In plain English the name of the band means "Various Cultures" and indeed, the nationalities of the original line-up included those of Morocco, Italy, Greece, Belgium and - when counting the additional musicians - Jamaica, England and Zaire. The different cultural background of the musicians enabled them to create a colourful and varied reggae sound, which can be heard on their nice debut album "Tell Them !" and the solid follow-up "Travel In A Dream", both mixed by London-based Mad Professor. Besides doing their own live performances they also acted as a backing band for Jamaican artists like the legendary Alton Ellis, Earl Sixteen, Determine, Nardo Ranks, Mikey Spice and Prezident Brown.
Their association with Prezident Brown resulted in a solid combination song which is included on this new 12" single next to Panache Culture's straight vocal version. The conscious lyrics are delivered across a full sounding riddim, which unmistakably incorporates Arab influences. On the flipside Panache Culture delivers a French song entitled"Le Discour", which can be translated as "Mr. Talkative". With this hip-hop flavoured tune - built on an infectious riddim which reminds us of Timbaland's hit "Here We Come" - the band showcases their musical growth and versatility.

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