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Watch Janka Nabay & Sleepy Doug Shaw Perform A Sierra Leonean Classic On The Back Of A Chrysler LeBaron

Watch Janka Nabay and Sleepy Doug Shaw perform a Sierra Leonean classic on the back of a Chrysler LeBaron for Luaka Bop's 25th Anniversary.


Luaka Bop has been celebrating their 25 years with a string of curated events at New York City's MMuseumm. On the first night of the festivities earlier this week, Sierra Leonean bubu king Janka Nabay and Sleepy Doug Shaw (Highlife/White Magic) rolled up Cortlandt Alley on the back of a Chrysler LeBaron to perform an introspective cover of highllife and palm wine singer/guitarist S.E. Rogie's (1940-1994) hit "My Lovely Elisabeth." NYC's Reverend Rufus Cannon, who opened up Luaka Bop's unforgettable Atomic Bomb! RBMA shows earlier this year, was also in attendance.

Luaka Bop's 25th anniversary events will continue tonight at MMuseumm, you can check out the full schedule over at their site, and will culminate this weekend with a performance from Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor in Central Park featuring SinkaneMoney MarkHot Chip‘s Alexis TaylorPharoah SandersJamie LidellPeaking LightsDead Prez, and the South Africa-based Mahotella Queens. Watch Janka Nabay and Sleepy Doug Shaw's back-alley rendition of "My Lovely Elisabeth" below.

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Interview: ÌFÉ Blends Music & Religion to Honor Those Who Have Died During the Pandemic

Producer and percussionist Otura Mun talks about his latest EP, The Living Dead, and how he traces the influences of West Africa in his new work.

There are bands that open up a spiritual world through their music. ÌFÉ is one example. An electro-futurist band that fuses Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jamaican dancehall with Yoruba mystical voices. With the success of their 2017 debut album "IIII+IIII" (pronounced Eji-Ogbe), ÌFÉ has reached an audience that is looking for Caribbean and contemporary sounds.

The Puerto Rican-based band just released a new EP, The Living Dead- Ashé Bogbo Egun, that aims to heal and honor those who have died during this pandemic. Otura Mun, the band leader, is an African-American producer and percussionist, who began a personal journey about a decade ago, when he landed in San Juan, and decided to move there. He learned Spanish, dug deep into his African ancestry and started to practice the Yoruba-Caribbean religion of Santería.

ÌFÉ, which means "love and expansion" in Yoruba, ties two worlds, music and religion, artistically. This new EP modernized prayer songs to hopefully make them more accessible to a younger generation. OkayAfrica spoke with Otura Mun on his latest work.

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