We haven’t written in this spot in a while. No good reason really just lot’s of lame ones. Let’s see if we can do a few more posts. Here is something for those who visit this spot on the world wide web.
Perhaps you know our fantastic and unusual instrumental band Delicate Steve is readying a new album (coming out in July) and perhaps those who pay close attention also know that Luaka Bop has signed Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang. Janka is from Sierra Leone and his band is from Brooklyn. (This album will come out in August).
Last March both bands took a road trip together and played a series of gigs on their trip from NYC to the South By South West Festival in Austin, Tx. During their time out on the road they had the opportunity to play with each other, at times because some of the Bubu guys were unable to do a show and at other times, just because. It turned out to be a beautiful friendship.
Converse, the sneaker people, have a studio in Brooklyn that they let people use if they ask nicely. So we arranged for the Janka and the Bubus, (Janka and Boshra on vocals, Jon on electronic drums and Sleepy Doug Shaw on guitar) to join Steve Marion and his guys; (Adam Pumilla on bass, Christian Peslak on guitar, Mickey Sanchez on keyboards, Jeremy Gustin drums). It was pretty damn cool! The first idea was more in an African direction and second piece (a snippet is below) is more ‘Californian.’
I hope the video we’ve posted isn’t too frustrating but what you are hearing (and seeing) is from inside the control room of the studio while the guys work out the tune and the fantastic engineer and producer Daniel Schlett spot checks the drums and bass. We just thought it was so cool we wanted to give a taste of what happened before it’s actually mixed and we figure out the best way to release this.