Posts Tagged ‘Janka Nabay’

ToDo ToDay: SWV! Janka Nabay! Memorial Day!

It’s been more than 20 years since New York R&B trio SWV dropped its huge debut, It’s About Time.  Tragically, the group split in 1998, turning its attention to things like school and parenthood. But after years of silence, Coko, Lelee, and Taj reunited in 2005 and last year released I Missed Us, their first group effort [...]

How’d D.C. Do in the Village Voice’s Music Poll? Not So Hot.

The Village Voice's annual Pazz + Jop list of the year's best albums and songs isn't the only way to measure a given city's musical impact on the wider culture, and it's certainly not the best method. But this year's poll, which included ballots from hundreds of critics, certainly tells you something about how much (or [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: Bing Thom, Burning Man, Bubu Gang

Kriston Capps has this week's cover with a profile of Bing Thom, the Canadian starchitect, who maybe, just maybe, could save D.C.'s abysmal Southwest. Ally Schweitzer leads the arts section with her look at D.C.'s community of Burning Man enthusiasts, some of whom are bringing a flammable replica of the Washington Monument to this year's [...]

One Track Mind: Janka Nabay and The Bubu Gang, En Yay Sah

Standout Track: No. 1, “Feba,” an incessant mixture of tribal percussion and ambient guitars, on which Bubu Gang frontman Janka Nabay sings about an age-old issue in his native Sierra Leone. “In my country, if a son doesn’t look like his father, it causes a lot of problems in the household,” says Nabay, a D.C. [...]

Janka Nabay’s Olympic Anthem

D.C.-based Sierra Leonean vocalist Janka Nabay, who will appear with his band the Bubu Gang at the Kennedy Center tonight, shows his Olympics spirit and homeland pride in a new song and video called “Nar London.”
Joined by Brooklyn-based Sierra Leonean rapper Pupa Bajah, Nabay pays tribute to one of Sierra Leone’s two 2012 Olympic participants, [...]

Janka Nabay Talks Bubu Music, Bamboo Instruments, and John F. Kennedy

In the 1990s, Janka Nabay became a star in war-torn Sierra Leone by adding high BPM drum machine beats, cowbells, and shakers to traditional folkloric bubu music.
Nabay, who plays at Summer Scream Part 2 at Comet Ping Pong tonight with Video Love and locals Heavy Breathing, tired of performing for rebel generals and emigrated to the [...]