Art + Culture

Live at the Archway: Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang

  • Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang 6pm
  • Puppets! Ask a Puppet 6pm
  • DJ Pablo77 To follow
This guy’s a $%^& phenomenon, bordering on genius.

Sierra Leonean singer Janka Nabay considers his work a letter to Sierra Leoneans, as a call for them to remember the roots of their culture. He is a firm believer in the power of music to enact social change, singing in Sierra Leone’s common language, Krio, as well as his native tribal language of Temne, and in English, and Arabic. Together with his six-piece band the Bubu Gang, he modernizes traditional bubu music into hypnotic dance music, electrifying crowds at shows in dance clubs, rooftops, and block parties.

Live at the Archway marks the Brooklyn debut of Ask A Puppet,featuring advice from E. Pomme de Terre Cul de Sac Beaujolais Nouveau de Foie Gras, international bon vivant. Past questions include: Should I stop seeing any of the three people I’m dating? Is ‘happy’ the highest good?Should I move to Philly, or L.A.? What’s a good name for a bench? Stop by. Have a seat. Ask away.


Listen to DJ Pablo77 mixtapes here.

Live at
The Archway

Live at the Archway–a curated series from the DUMBO Improvement District & The Lighthouse–showcases the best of DUMBO and Brooklyn talent, presenting a broad range of music and performance genres. This season brings sizzling salsa, Colombian cumbia, swing dancing, world roots music, sultry R&B, an Italian modern dance troupe, puppetry, funk, DJs and more. With beer, wine and bites from The Lighthouse and epic scenery below the Manhattan Bridge, it’s the best place to be every Thursday night. Concerts & events take place on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m.

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