Janka Nabay and The Bubu Gang

"We speak one language now," says Sierra Leonian singer Janka Nabay of the band he calls the "Bubu Gang," an eclectic group of New York-based musicians who fell in love with Janka's frenetic "bubu" dance music in 2010 following Janka's American debut on True Panther Sounds. In the year and a half since their first show, the band has started infusing bubu music with a broader range of stylistic influences, and Janka has evolved into an inspired band-leader and MC in the tradition of James Brown and Fela Kuti. The new sounds draw as much from Janka's indigenous bubu as they do from the sunny energy of Ghanaian highlife, the extended improvisations of 70s Miles Davis, the hypnotic rhythms of classic Afro-beat and the swirling shredding guitars of 60s and 70s psychedelia.

Awesome Tapes From Africa

Through his blog, Awesome Tape From Africa, Brian Shimkovitz proves the point over and over again. While researching the local music scene in Ghana on a Fulbright scholarship, Brian discovered the regional cassette tape merchants. Upon listening and realizing that the music was often unlike anything else going in the globe, he decided to put some of the songs up on a blog he eloquently dubbed Awesome Tapes From Africa. Thus began the eternal quest for strange, and quite often incredible African cassettes. Since then, the blog has developed a cult following, and Shimkovitz often finds himself DJing his collection at parties all over the globe. He often DJ’s using only cassette decks, and to further his populist approach, every song he plays is available to download on the blog.

$10.00 - $12.00

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Janka Nabay and The Bubu Gang with Secret Curcuit, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Slayron (Peaking Lights), DJ Frosty (Dublab)

Thursday, May 16 · 8:30 PM at The Echo