Ibibio Sound Machine by Ibibio Sound Machine on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Channelling music through the rainbow prism of her Nigerian heritage, Ibibio Sound Machine's Eno Williams shows off a mind-blowing amalgam of influences on her debut. She evokes thousands of years of history on traditionally inspired songs like "Ibibio Spiritual", calls to mind both '70s funk and sleek Eurodisco on horn-backed tracks like "The Tortoise" and modernises old-school Nigerian highlife on the kinetic "I'm Running". Other cuts, like the ethereal "Voice of the Bird", sound almost futuristic, making her a rare bird indeed.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Channelling music through the rainbow prism of her Nigerian heritage, Ibibio Sound Machine's Eno Williams shows off a mind-blowing amalgam of influences on her debut. She evokes thousands of years of history on traditionally inspired songs like "Ibibio Spiritual", calls to mind both '70s funk and sleek Eurodisco on horn-backed tracks like "The Tortoise" and modernises old-school Nigerian highlife on the kinetic "I'm Running". Other cuts, like the ethereal "Voice of the Bird", sound almost futuristic, making her a rare bird indeed.

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About Ibibio Sound Machine

London-based DJ/live music collective Ibibio Sound Machine combine sounds inspired in equal measure by the golden era of West African funk and disco, post-punk, and modern electro. The band was started by producers Max Grunhard, Leon Brichard, and Benji Bouton, who were all enthusiasts of African grooves from the 1970s and '80s. This trio began creating drum'n'bass tracks around the voice of frontwoman Eno Williams. Though London-born, she was a first-generation citizen of the U.K. of Nigerian origin. Williams' mother, whose native tongue was Ibibo, recounted numerous folk and children's stories from her own heritage to her daughter. Williams crafted lyrics from these sources and married them to modern themes. After the rhythm tracks were created, the three producers first enlisted Ghanaian guitar legend Alfred "Kari" Bannerman (from the band Konkoma), Brazilian percussionist Anselmo Netto, and synth/horn men Tony Hayden and Scott Baylis as a way of illustrating Williams' singing.

Though their inspirations are from an earlier time, Ibibio Sound Machine's approach is distinctly modern; the band's music holds equal appeal on-stage and on record. The band's first single, "Let's Dance," was issued by Soundway in January of 2014, and became a dancefloor smash in London clubs. It was followed by a self-titled album in March. In 2016, the group appeared on the Beating Heart: Malawi compilation along with artists such as Luke Vibert and Machinedrum. During the same year, the band signed to indie rock powerhouse Merge Records. Their second album, Uyai, arrived on the label in 2017. ~ Thom Jurek

  • ORIGIN
    London, England
  • FORMED
    2013

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