Janka Nabay, 54, Dies; Carried an African Dance Music Worldwide

Janka Nabay, 54, Dies; Carried an African Dance Music Worldwide Photo Janka Nabay performed in 2017 at a music festival in Rennes, in northwest France. He modernized bubu, a traditional musical style from his native Sierra Leone. Credit Loic Venance/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Janka Nabay, a singer, songwriter and bandleader from Sierra Leone who modernized an ancient tradition called bubu and carried it worldwide, died on Monday in the Kambia District in northern Sierra Leone. He was 54.
His American record company, Luaka Bop, said the cause was a stomach illness that had not been diagnosed.
During the 1990s, Mr. Nabay took the speedy beat of music that had been heard for centuries in parades and celebrations and transferred it to Western instruments. His songs became hits as civil war tore Sierra Leone apart and were claimed by both sides, although his music increasingly held direct antiwar messages.
Mr. Nabay emigrated from Sierra Leone in 2002. Living in New York City, he s..

YouTube, Special Counsel, Spotify: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

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Photo Credit Graeme MacDonald, via Reuters 1. At least four people were wounded, one of them critically, in a shooting at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, Calif., above. The shooter, who the police said was a woman, died, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
One employee tweeted that he had “heard shots and saw people running while at my desk.” He said that he was barricaded inside a room with co-workers, but moments later tweeted that he had been safely evacuated. Footage from the scene showed people being led away from the building with their hands in the air in a single-file line.
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Photo Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times 2. “We’re going to be guarding our border with the military.”
President Trump said he’d order troops to guard the southern border until he ..

What Is Jewdas? A Group’s Provocative Approach Starts With Its Name

What Is Jewdas? A Group’s Provocative Approach Starts With Its Name Photo Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, at his home in London on Tuesday. His decision to celebrate Passover with the group Jewdas has drawn heavy criticism. Credit Toby Melville/Reuters LONDON — Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to celebrate Passover with Jewdas, a self-described radical leftist Jewish group, has been heavily criticized in Britain, where his opposition Labour Party has been accused of tolerating anti-Semitism.
The group’s very name — a play on Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus Christ — is a provocation, one that has angered many of those encountering the group for the first time. Some critics say that Jewdas’s name, and antics, risk stoking age-old myths and hatreds that have led to anti-Semitic violence.
Created in London more than a decade ago, Jewdas is a group of left-wing activists who are at odds with most of Britain’s mainstream Jewish organizations. Its members say they are oppo..