Check out that flier on the top right of the picture – the note reads: Da Young Rising presents Tumba Nite… It makes me somewhat homesick. Anyway, I came across Papa Bajah and Dry Eye Crew’s music around 2005 when visiting a recently arrived cousin in Maryland. My cousin gave me a compilation CD and DVD showcasing artists from Forensic Studios/Recordings (top Sierra Leone rap label, studio, and crew, and also the place where Bubu Music champ Janka Nabay recorded.) Dry Eye’s track “Grap En Clap” (meaning “Get Up and Clap” for none Krio speakers) was featured on the CD and DVD comp. It is easy to imagine this song getting huge in Freetown, and why not? It is on some serious Salone vibes, “bread and butter with ginger beer.” I’ve actually heard people playing the song from London to Washington DC, and it was also included on the soundtrack for the action/adventure/drama-fantasy Blood Diamond.
Dutty Artz and Modiba (Bajah + Dry Eye’s label) are friends. In fact, Bajah and his crew have been popping up at our New York Tropical parties (get ready for the next one, just around the corner!)
With all that said, check out Bajah + Dry Eye Crew‘s myspace and preview their upcoming album, which contains a blazing cut with Jahdan Blakkamoore.