Sierra Lenonean bubu king Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang will play New York City's Mercury Lounge alongside Yonatan Gat on April 11.
Okayafrica is excited to bring Janka Nabay and his band The Bubu Gang's highly-joyous and rapidly percussive style of Sierra Leonean 'bubu' music to New York City's Mercury Lounge this coming April 11. Janka and his group, which includes members of Gang Gang Dance and Skeletons, play a modern reboot of 'bubu,' adding drum machines, synthesizers, highlife guitar work and afrobeat rhythms to the traditional Sierra Leonean sound. Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang have released infectious EPs and LPs on True Panther and David Byrne's imprint Luaka Bop.
The band will be joined by NYC-based Israeli guitarist Yonatan Gat (formerly of Monotonix), who plays a thunderous and raucous live set inspired by punk, Brazilian psychedelia, free-jazz and much more. As the New York Times puts it, "you might... hear[...] echoes of funk from Benin; Cuban son from Senegal; Chicano rock from Los Angeles; Afro-Brazilian soul from Rio de Janeiro; and the pentatonic and Arabic scales that connect much of the world." Check out Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang's video for "Feba" and a recent live video of Yonatan Gat at SXSW to get in the mood. Grab tickets to the April 11 Mercury Lounge show and join the Facebook event below.