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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

eh congo

Our friend Dean from True Panther sent over this jam from Bubu King, the new EP from Sierra Leone's undisputed "King of Bubu," Janka Nabay. Nabay's pulsating modern take on traditional bubu music -- which is rooted in "ancient Muslim Timini funeral procession rhythms" -- is infectious and vibrant, and as Dean points out, sounds a bit at times like "shuffling minimal techno." Nabay, once a big star in his native Sierra Leone, is now a humanitarian living in Philly, and dude has quite the backstory. Taken from his bio:
"(Sierra Leonean) Rebels even appropriated his songs as killing themes -- they used his hits to rev themselves up, and also to lure innocent people out of hiding before murdering them. Janka fought back against the rebels with new songs...declaring that bubu music stands for peace, good governance and the empowerment of women."
Janka Nabay :: Eh Congo

Bubu King is out March 9 on True Panther. Pre-order the 12" EP here, or get the bundle of all 3 new True Panther releases (including Tanlines + Lemonade) here.


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Anonymous jungle jamz said...

some of the best shit you've posted all year, bro.

you think bubu king going to be wicked? was that photo taken in 1967?

how come you posted that fake justice jam?

9:18 AM  
Anonymous georgia k said...

true panther bands and their backstories...

9:23 AM  
Blogger Jarri said...

wow. but isn't the correct artistname Ahmed Janka Nabay? can't stop listening to it.

10:07 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

that's his full name, yes, but he goes by Janka.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Jarri said...

i'm not sure how to tag it, that's the problem. :) artwork says AJN, Matador Records sys JN, it's confusing.

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, this is an intriguing jam

11:15 AM  
Blogger dean said...

Yeah, sorry we're going by Janka Nabay even though the artwork says Ahmed. Janka just wanted his full name on the cover!

11:52 AM  
Blogger shelley duvall said...



7:41 PM  
Blogger madaski said...

for a second, i thought charlie murphy cut a single

7:50 PM  

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