En Yay Sah

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Sierra Leonean vocalist and songwriter Janka Nabay and his Bubu Gang play a massively hybridized form of traditional bubu, an ancient ceremonial folk music indigenous to Nabay's country that predates Islam. Nabay was an established musician at home, a rock star who sold tens of thousands of records. After he fled his war-ravaged nation for the U.S., it took a full decade working menial jobs before he found his way to Brooklyn and formed this band. Its members come from Skeletons, Zs, Saadi, Chairlift, and Highlife. En Yay Sah is their full-length debut on Luaka Bop. While traditional bubu is played on bamboo flutes, metal pipes, and percussion instruments, Nabay's brand is ...
See more details below
CD (Digi-Pak)
$13.54
BN.com price
(Save 15%)$15.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (6) from $11.24   
  • New (4) from $11.24   
  • Used (2) from $13.75   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Sierra Leonean vocalist and songwriter Janka Nabay and his Bubu Gang play a massively hybridized form of traditional bubu, an ancient ceremonial folk music indigenous to Nabay's country that predates Islam. Nabay was an established musician at home, a rock star who sold tens of thousands of records. After he fled his war-ravaged nation for the U.S., it took a full decade working menial jobs before he found his way to Brooklyn and formed this band. Its members come from Skeletons, Zs, Saadi, Chairlift, and Highlife. En Yay Sah is their full-length debut on Luaka Bop. While traditional bubu is played on bamboo flutes, metal pipes, and percussion instruments, Nabay's brand is pure 21st century dance music. Using electric guitar, keyboards, percussion (organic and synthetic), and electric bass, Nabay's voice and Boshra Al Saadi's backing vocals provide a constant, frenetic call-and-response pulse that adds a layer of rhythm (to an orgy of it already) as well as melody in these eight songs. The instrumental mix is a collision of intensely percussive, groove-laden rhythms that is as celebratory as it is urgent, infectious, and hypnotic. Rhythms and polyrhythms step toward and rub against each other; squiggly synth sounds contrast with those that emulate flutes, organs, and other instruments. Intricate guitar lines create waves of melody and lush harmonies, and the bassline pushes everything toward 11. Afro-beat this ain't. One need go no further than the opener, a rave-up party anthem called "Feba," for evidence. While Nabay sings in English propelled and answered by the keyboard/flute sounds, tidal waves of polyrhythms underscore and push against the bassline that thrums right back. Saadi answers his chant, repeatedly, before Doug Shaw's guitar swoops in over the top for a brief break that sounds like another tune trying to break through "Feba"'s body. The more extended workouts -- such as "Ro Lungi" and "Somebody," with their overdriven dubby basslines, synthetic handclaps, dubbed-out guitar lines, and singsong melodies -- highlight the fact that this music, despite its cultural heritage, has been made over and is utterly new. "Kill Me with Bongo" contains a careening guitar vamp and hyper hand drums and loops, while featuring nasty analog synth that creates a Kraftwerk-on-meth feel. It's a club hit waiting to happen and ripe for numerous remix treatments. En Yay Sah is easily the most auspicious -- and original -- debut album of 2012.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2012
  • Label: Luaka Bop
  • UPC: 680899008020
  • Catalog Number: 80
  • Sales rank: 149,228

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Feba - Janka Nabay (4:55)
  2. 2 Eh Mane Ah - Janka Nabay (4:32)
  3. 3 Tay Su Tan-Tan - Janka Nabay (4:23)
  4. 4 Ro Lungi - Janka Nabay (6:16)
  5. 5 En Yay Sah - Janka Nabay (4:21)
  6. 6 Kill Me With Bongo - Janka Nabay (3:37)
  7. 7 Somebody - Janka Nabay (6:31)
  8. 8 Rotin - Janka Nabay (3:07)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang Primary Artist, Group Member
Jason McMahon Bass, Group Member
Douglas Shaw Guitar, Group Member
Mike Duncan Percussion
Boshra Al Saadi Background Vocals, Group Member
Michael Gallope Keyboards, Group Member
Jonathan Leland electronic percussion, Group Member
Ben Greenberg Guitar
Janka Nabay Percussion, Vocals, Group Member, Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Yale Evelev Executive Producer
Scott Hull Mastering
Jason McMahon Composer
Douglas Shaw Composer
Boshra Al Saadi Composer, Portrait Photography
Michael Gallope Composer
Jonathan Leland Composer
Ben Greenberg Engineer
Daniel Schlett Engineer
Janka Nabay Composer, Lyricist
Erez Avissar Cover Photo
Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang Composer
Pupa Bajah Composer
Joe Appaluccio Band Photo
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously