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David Byrne’s Luaka Bop Holding 25th Anniversary Events In NYC Elevator Museum, Old-School Italian Restaurant, Karaoke Bar

David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label is turning 25 sometime soon (the label admits they don’t know exactly when it began — “some time in the late 1980s,” they speculate), and they’re throwing a three-day anniversary event in New York City. The celebration will take place over three nights (10/1 – 10/3) and will all pretty… More »

By: James Rettig / September 30, 2014 - 10:15 pm

Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang – “Eh Mane Ah” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Earlier this year, Sierra Leone dance musician Janka Nabay released En Yay Sah, his album with the New York group the Bubu Gang. And now we’ve got a video for “Eh Mane Ah,” a hyperactive track from the album, showing a generally blissful scene at a Nabay show at the Getty in L.A. Watch Nabay… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 20, 2012 - 10:40 am

Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang – “Feba”

Following the release of March’s An Letah EP is Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang’s second full-length, En Yay Sah, which is out later this summer. Today, we’ve got a download of the first single from the new release, the bubbling “Feba,” a vivid track colored with a wide range of instrumentation. Nab it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / May 21, 2012 - 2:52 pm

The National-Curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Fest Announces Lineup: The Walkmen, St. Vincent, Beirut, The Antlers, More

In January, Brooklyn Academy of Music announced that it would host a spring festival curated by the National’s Bryce and Aaron Dessner, and today that event, called Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (a reference to this Whitman poem), announced it’s full lineup. It goes down 5/3-5/5. And, yeah, if you’re into indie rock, skewing the more arrangement-heavy… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 29, 2012 - 5:36 pm

Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang – “Eh Mane Ah”

Janka Nabay, the dance musician from Sierra Leone, landed on our collective radar about a year and a half ago, and now he’s working with a New York group called the Bubu Gang. Together, they’ve got an EP called An Letah coming out. Below, stream “Eh Mane Ah,” a twisty jackhammer of an EP track. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 26, 2012 - 4:01 pm

MoMA WarmUP Kick Off @ PS1, Long Island City 7/3/10

There were massive balls bounced around in a courtyard crammed with too many smiles. Breakdance circles broke out, often. A tame reception for the day’s earliest act, Glasser, was followed by an outright dance party for the sumptuous house of Barcelona DJ John Talabot. It was my first time at MoMA’s WarmUp party, but quite… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 6, 2010 - 4:50 pm

Janka Nabay – “Ah Mufan” Video

Janka Nabay was decked in his familiar traditional gear when he hit the Warm Up stage at PS1 this weekend — more on that later — but the hardworking Bubu King’s color palette is more laid back in this blue-skied Carlos Charlie Perez-directed video for sunny new song “Ah Mufan.” (A shot of at the… More »

By: brandon / July 6, 2010 - 2:13 pm

Warm Up 2010 At MoMA PS1 Schedule

A couple of months ago MoMA PS1 Director Klaus Biesenbach — the person who organized MoMA’s ridiculously popular Marina Abramović exhibition, among other things — asked me if I’d want to help curate shows for this summer’s Warm Up series at PS1. You may have attended one/more of these Warm Up events in the past… More »

By: brandon / June 28, 2010 - 11:00 am

Quit Your Day Job: Janka Nabay

The Bubu King EP — a four-song collection that marries hyper ramshackle beats with addictive West African chants and singing — breezes past in 20 minutes. On certain days I listen to it half a dozen times in a row. Janka Nabay, the man behind the collection, came to the States from Sierra Leone eight year… More »

By: brandon / April 9, 2010 - 11:34 am