5.15.2013

Afternoon Afrobeat (#61): 'Feba' by Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang



I'm completely over my head with school work so that explains my absence from posting anything substantial lately. I graduate (yay!) in about three weeks, after which I plan on having regular updates again, so thanks for bearing with me!


Despite my completely overloaded schedule, I needed to stop studying for my midterm exam that is tomorrow and share this music video with you all today. I've previously posted about Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang, once with my favorite song of theirs, 'Somebody', and another time with a special song they created for the Olympics. Now I'm back to share more of them with you! 

anka Nabay is the "Bubu King". Bubu music is fast-paced dance music with its origins deep in Sierra Leone. Traditionally, Bubu rhythms were played during Ramadan festivals among the Temne in northern Sierra Leonean. But Janka Nabay did much to revolutionize Bubu music in the 90s. The civil war caused Janka Nabay to flee to the U.S., but the music didn't die. Instead he collaborated with a group of New York musicians to create a cross-cultural collaboration which bridges the gap between traditional Bubu and mainstream music. The result, music that is irresistible to dance to.

While the song 'Feba' is not new (it's been on my workout playlist since December), the music video for it was just released. Nabay explained to Stereogum that “‘Feba’ is about a baby that you have with a woman that you are really are in love with, but you are not totally sure is yours. Even though the baby looks sort of like you, you are still not sure of the back story.” 

Connect with Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang: Twitter || Website|| Facebook

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