Ibibio Sound Machine (Nigeria/ UK/ Soundway Records)

Ibibio Sound Machine (Nigeria/ UK/ Soundway Records)


Ibibio Sound Machine released their debut LP through Soundway Records on 17th March. Fronted by British / Nigerian vocalist Eno Williams, they combine elements of West African highlife, disco, post-punk & psychedelic electro soul. Their pulsating first single 'Let's Dance' and Talking Fish was added to the BBC 6 Music playlist.


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)