African superstars Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew have already gained national recognition in their home country of Sierra Leone and now they’re ready to take on the global music scene.
Bajah and the Crew, A-Klazz and Dovy Dovy have a unique musical style called Gbomognoh (pronounced bo-mo-no) a fusion of hip-hop, funk, reggae and the characteristic Sierra Leonean condemnation of the ‘Blood Diamond.’ The group even contributed music to the Leonardo DiCaprio-flick of the same name.
The band is releasing their self-titled debut in the U.S. early next year. The album is produced by Fyre Department, who has worked with Snoop Dogg, GZA, Talib Kweli, Justin Timberlake.
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Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew are well known for speaking out against political and social injustices. “We always speak about real stuff, like the suffering, what is going on,” says the group’s frontman, Bajah. “Most people don’t get to speak out, because it’s too dangerous, or don’t have a way to do it. But because we do that for our countrymen – especially for the youth – they love us for it, for representing them. So many bad things happened during the war, we’re here to make sure they don’t happen again, but especially to make sure the young people have some hope.”
One of the threesome, A-Klazz, was forced to work in the diamond mines as a kid.
The Crew’s name comes from the Sierra Leone meaning of ‘dry eye’ as an expression of boldness. “No more tears in the eye. We’re just gonna stay dry eye and say something. You understand? That’s strong. We talk about different things,” Bajah continues. “We talk about love. We talk about life, social problems. Music is about life.”
The band performs on a beautiful rooftop in Brooklyn as part of their ‘Rooftop Sessions,’ seamlessly weaving the lilting Afro-drums of Vampire Weekend’s ‘Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa‘ into a sweet, reggae-tinged version of Paul Simon‘s ‘Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes.’
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