We are shocked and incredibly saddened to announce the sudden death of Ahmed Janka Nabay. He died unexpectedly in the Kambia District of northwestern Sierra Leone on Monday, April 2, following a sudden stomach illness. His body was transported to Freetown on Monday evening for funeral services on Wednesday, April 4. His death was confirmed by his longtime friend, journalist Wills Glasspiegel, and his bandmates of 8 years, Boshra AlSaadi and Michael Gallope, who have been in touch with his family in Sierra Leone.
Janka is survived by three children: Sia Precious Kemoh and Zachariah Osman Nabay, both of Freetown, Sierra Leone; Ahmed Nabay of Kuwait City, Kuwait; their mother Rugiatu Marvelous Nabay of Freetown; his loving wife, Kadiatu Nabay of Rokel, Sierra Leone; as well as many other loving friends and family.
This fund has been established to support Janka's immediate family, following his passing.
To those of us who knew and worked with him, Janka was a true force, a man of exceptional charisma and talent, and a shining ray of light, who will be missed dearly by friends all around the world. Over his lifetime he released seven cassettes, two EPs, and two full length albums of electrified bubu music that fused together traditional rhythms and sounds, to considerable, and increasingly international, critical acclaim. We remember him above all for his sense of humor, his energy, his astonishing creativity, his smile, and his charm, which touched many of those he met.
Thanks for everything you gave us Janka. We will always miss and love you.
For further information about his passing, please see his full obituary, here
May you rest in peace.
With much love,