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03/24/2017
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Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang, Build Music
The latest from David Byrne and Yale Evelev's Luaka Bop label is swarming, beat-driven electroacoustic music echoing that of the late Nigerian synth-pop pioneer William Onyeabor – another of the label's revelations. Nabay is a Sierra Leonean immigrant known for updating bubu, a processional music defined by percussion and bamboo horns. He translates it via samples and electronics, with help from Syrian-American multi-instrumentalist Boshra AlSaadi and others. The result is hypnotic, often hectic, and wildly danceable – ancient trance music for a tightly-wound new world. Will Hermes