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Sierra Leone's 'Bubu Music' King, Janka Nabay, Has a New Album On The Way

Janka Nabay, Sierra Leone's king of bubu music, and his band, the Bubu Gang, announced their new album 'Build Music.'

Janka Nabay, Sierra Leone's king of bubu music, and his band, the Bubu Gang, have a new record on the way.


The new album, Build Music, will take the West African bamboo horns that accompany traditional bubu processions—which take place in rural parts of Sierra Leone during Ramadan—into new, modern and electronic grounds.

Janka became a star in '90s Sierra Leone for this updated take on bubu music, which he created by adding electric studio instrumentation to the traditional genre.

He moved to the United States in 2003 and, since then, has released a number of bubu music records alongside the Bubu Gang on labels like True Panther and Luaka Bop. His last album, En Yay Sah, was a heavy favorite at the OkayAfrica offices.

“Bubu is an old, old music,” Nabay mentions. “You can add new things to the beat if you know it really, really well.”

Watch a video trailer for Build Music, due March 24 on Luaka Bop, and check out its cover art below.

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The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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