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Luaka Bop on July 27, 2012 15:41

Bubu

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    "When Nabay self-proclaims himself "Bubu King," it's truth" - Pitchfork

    "This guy’s a fucking phenomenon, bordering on genius, and you should go see him and his clearly inexhaustible Bubu Gang perform any and every chance you get." - Vice

    "There is the pre-Janka era, when bubu was played by five tribes in the country's north and could only be heard on one holy day a year, during Ramadan. But in the post-Janka landscape, young people from Sierra Leone to Liberia are jamming bubu bangers in the club every weekend." - The Fader

    "There was also an African apparition: Janka Nabay from Sierra Leone, wearing a straw skirt and singing and dancing to recorded tracks of what he said was a 500-year-old tradition called bubu music. The tracks were modern, and the beat, fast and skeletal and driven by bell taps, was unstoppable, demanding wider dissemination." - Jon Pareles, New York Times

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