It wouldn’t surprise me if you’ve never heard of Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew, but head over to Sierra Leone and you’ll find a completely different story. There, they’ve released ten albums since 2000, are superstars, and pack stadiums with fans looking up to them as musical leaders of humanitarianism and social awareness. Currently they’re in NY working on a full-length LP slated to feature the well known hip-hop artists Talib Kweli, ?uestlove, and Black Thought. The album will be released off Modiba Productions, a humble label featuring “..the best and hottest in new Afrocentric music to drive positive social and political change.” The Huffington Post describes their sound as having the “floor shaking rhythm of dance hall with the social consciousness of Fela Kuti, a combination that’s creating a craze around their name.” Uh, ok, watch out for these guys. Until the album drops, you can jump over to their site to download their free mixtape, Kings of Salone. Also, check out their website and their Myspace for some additional tracks.
My Own Song