Ibibio Sound Machine (Nigeria/ UK/ Soundway Records)
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Ibibio Sound Machine (Nigeria/ UK/ Soundway Records)

London, England, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE | AFM

London, England, United Kingdom | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Ibibio Sound Machine"

"A summer hit to be." Sunday Times
“Veers intriguingly between the contemporary and echoes of the 70s and 80s” Guardian
“Sounds as if Grace Jones and James Murphy are playing Ghanaian highlife for their lives.” NME
"Some of the best and most hypnotic arrangements from any band playing anywhere in the world today." The Quietus
"Brilliant Afro-funk electronic fusion" DJ Mag
"Boasts a striking immediacy." Q Magazine
"A cool melange of sounds" Time Out
"A fresh take on Western African folk tales." Songlines
"A meeting of joyous disco, signature West African highlife, and soulful psych jams to form a contemporary whole."
Crack Magazine - Presshighlights/ Check link for full reviews march/ april 2014


Still working on that hot first release.



Folk stories, recounted to Eno by her family as a child in her mother's South-Eastern Nigerian Ibibio language form the creative lyrical fabric of the album. A large dose of electronic elements and an approach as influenced by London as much as by West Africa, give the vocals and guitar lines space to breath without being overwhelmed. From the banging sub-bass of 'Lets Dance' to the spiritual, gospel-tinged notes of the album's opening track 'Voice of the Bird', the band have turned in a dynamic and, at times, beautiful take on modern afro-soul music. The 8-piece live band made their official live debut at Transmusicales 2013 in France and will be play first festivals as Roskilde, Womad, Beat Herder, Fusion,Clandestino among others in 2014.

22/02/14 - Passing Clouds - London (UK)

28/03/14 - Festival Chorus - Paris (FR)

04/04/14 - Les Nuits Zbres de Radio Nova/ Le Bataclan - Paris (FR)

05/04/14 - RadioMeuh Festival - La CLusaz (FR)

11/04/14 - The Forge - London (UK)

4/05/15 - Sugar Club - Dublin (IR)

17/05/14 - Brighton Festival (UK)

07/06/14 - Clandestino Gothenburg (SWE)

28/06/14 - Fusion Festival (DE)

29/06/14 - Festival Rencontres er Racine Audincourt (Fr)

05/07/14 - Jazz Parade Fribourg (CHE)

06/07/14 - Roskilde Festival (DK)

12/07/14 - Mostly Jazz Festival/ Birmingham (UK)

19/07/14 - Beat Herder Festival/ West Yorkshire (UK)

26/07/14 - Womad/ Wiltshire (UK)

02/07/14 - Festival der Kulturen/ Augsburg (DE)

13/09/14 -Heath/ Black Heath Festival/ Gilles Peterson Worldwide (UK)

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