A little while back I posted about a music from Sierra Leone. I didn’t know its name, but I heard similarities to music from Hispanola, and thought there might be a connection. Not too long after I discovered that the Rara and Gaga from Haiti and the Dominican Republic have roots in Benin.
Well, in a lesson that one should look close by to find answers, I read the liner notes of one of the tracks I posted and found out the music is Bubu music, and it’s a Temne music rooted in Muslim tradition. I think it is similar in functional properties as the Rara, being a processional music. There’s a great snapshot of Sierra Leonean music on this BBC page, you can read here to get a little more background for this and a lot of other music, but I was a little disappointed because they also say Bubu is not a widely recorded music.
In that post she mentions Ahmed Janka Nabay. He is the main promoter of Bubu music
Ahmed Janka Nabay – Eh Congo. (Direct Download)
Part of what has got me so is excited is that I’ve been hearing Bubu in popular music from young artists interpreting the rhythm on keyboards and computer drum machines, and many many more people are starting to integrate this into their music.
AND! Since I’m so inspired by this music the Banana Clipz did a Bubu Soca Juke hybrid beat for Sierra Leonean singer Khady Black, which you can get here!:
Crisis (Banana Clipz Bubustyle Remix)-Khady Black (Direct Download)
Enjoy, and tell your friends about Sierra Leone music!