The other day somebody on the blog or Twitter or wherever said that "it's David Byrne's world and we just live in it," and that will certainly be true tonight when Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang play Soundlab, with UVB-76 and Shape of States opening. Hailing from Sierra Leone in the west of Africa, Nabay made big waves in his home country when he electrified the bubu music traditional to Sierra Leone before fleeing that war torn nation for the US. Traditionally performed with by a 20 person band playing bamboo flutes, Nabay's update of bubu music transformed it into infectious electronic world music, and even though he was considered the man in Sierra Leone, success has been slower going over here, but now he's got a band consisting of the remnants of three Brooklyn indie bands, buzz was built at SXSW, and they were signed this year to Byrne's magnificent Luaka Bop label. Fans of world music, insanely tasty African poly-rhythms, swirling keyboards, and Tom Tom Club would be remiss if they missed this show.
Local stalwarts UVB-76 and Shape of States will be representing for the Buffalo EDM scene. Tickets are $10, and Soundlab's doors open at 8 PM.