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Janka Nabay: Bubu Music With An Indie Rock Twist

The Sierra Leone-born singer and his new band The Bubu Gang play in the studio.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Sierra Leone's Janka Nabay performs live in the Soundcheck studio. Sierra Leone's Janka Nabay performs live in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif/WNYC)

The songs of singer Janka Nabay mix a regional folk music from his native Sierra Leone called bubu with the high-octane sounds of Brooklyn's vibrant Afropop scene. Bubu music has now found new fans in the indie rock community thanks to its driving rhythms and psychedelic guitar riffs. Nabay has a new band -- the Bubu Gang -- and his latest record En Yay Sah is both political and highly danceable. Nabay and the Bubu Gang stopped by the Soundcheck studios to performs songs from the album and talk about his song's sociopolitical messages and his update of the classic bubu sound. 

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