Monday, August 20, 2012

Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang: "Somebody"

According to Wikipedia, bubu started off as the musical accompaniment to witchcraft rituals in Sierra Leone before eventually being co-opted by mainstream Muslim sects for their own Ramadan ceremonies. Ahmed Janka Nabay is reportedly the first person to actually record the style, a rhythmic, danceable ensemble work requiring up to 20 musicians, and for his upcoming sophomore album he recruited members of Skeletons, Gang Gang Dance and Starring - all Brooklyn hipster royalty - to help him lay down En Say Yah, his first album for David Byrne's Luaka Bop imprint.

(via Okayafrica):

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