Sierra Leone: Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew

BY Ebenezer Bond, July 14, 2010

Last summer we brought them into our classroom at the Refugee Summer Academy to work with our students and teach them the new dance the “Jacky Jacky”. Our students ended up taking the song and remixing the lyrics, adding their own rhymes, which became an exercise in cross-cultural exploration as they combined all of their languages into one song.

Now Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew are set to release their first international album in September, have a new website ( PLANET BAJAH ), and were even invited to perform with the Roots last weekend for the launch of OKAYAfrica.

Check out their new Video for “Jacky Jacky” where they went to the small seaside village of Tokeh, just south of Freetown, Sierra Leone, to spread the new dance craze. It was a big hit with the tribal elders (and the kids, and a few fishermen).

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