There’s no stopping Ibibio Sound Machine as they continue to deliver their signature mix of West African funk, disco, and modern post-punk and electro. The band fronted by London-born Nigerian singer Eno Williams will drop their second LP titled Uyai early next year on Merge following their 2014 debut via Soundway Records.
Speaking about the album the band had this to say: “Uyai is a continuation of Ibibio Sound Machine’s story in which the worlds of West African highlife and electronic London collide via the storytelling lyrical thread of Eno’s vocals in the Ibibio language of Nigeria. There is a darker, edgier quality to the sound that maybe reflects the difficult journey the band took from making the first album to completing the second one. The songs are based more around themes of empowerment, freedom, and the liberation of dance for women, and people in general.”
The first excerpt from the album ‘The Pot is on Fire” is a “food dance that celebrates the ‘happy place’ when the food will be ready soon.”
“It’s also metaphorical,” explains Williams. “Something is brewing which will soon bear fruit.”
Tune in below.
- Give Me a Reason
- The Chant (Iquo Isang)
- One That Lights Up (Andi Domo Ikang Uwem Mmi)
- .The Pot Is on Fire
- Joy (Idaresit)
- Power of 3
- Guide U (Edu Kpeme)
- Sunray (Eyio)
- Cry (Eyet)