Janka Nabay is the undisputed king of bubu music

Build Music is the second album from the Sierra Leonan on Luaka Bop, David Byrne’s record label.

David Byrne – Talking Heads’ frontman – is truly gifted when it comes to release visionary music. After spreading all over the worlds the William Onyeabor‘s Nigerian funk, Luaka Bop’s boss puts the spotlight on bubu music and his greatest representative : Janka Nabay.

Originally used in witchcraft ceremonies, but later it turned into a popular religious processional style played during Ramadan. In its folk form, the music is played by blowing on bamboo cane flutes and on metal pipes -often repurposed auto parts. During the Sierra Leone Civil War, Ahmed Janka Nabay became the first musician to record Bubu music. He modernized the sound by adding electric studio instrumentation.

Nabay’s music became popular across the war-torn nation in the 1990s, particularly among young rebels trying to overthrow the government, which forced Nabay to flee the country. But bubu music didn’t get hurted. On the contrary, Janka embraces these new possibilities and forms the Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang with indie musicians from Brooklyn, propeling bubu music in the futur.

Build Music by Janka Nabay, 24th of march via Luaka Bop.

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