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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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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

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Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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