Fronted by London-born Nigerian singer Eno Williams, Ibibio Sound Machine is a clash of African and electronic elements inspired in equal measure by the golden era of West African funk, disco, modern post-punk, and electro. The album title Uyai means “beauty” in Ibibio language and refers to the strength and free spirit of women in general and, in particular, the courage of the women in Eno’s family, to whom she often refers in her writing. “It 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 frontwoman Eno Williams’ vocals in the Ibibio language of Nigeria,” the band explains. “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.” Black Vinyl with download code.

 

Tracklist:

Give Me A Reason  
The Chant (Iquo Isang)  
One That Lights Up (Andi Domo Ikang Uwem Mi)  
The Pot Is On Fire  
Quiet  
Joy (Idaresit)  
Power Of 3  
Lullaby  
Guide You (Edu Kpeme)  
Sunray (Eyio)  
Cry (Eyed)

 

Label: Merge

Catalogue Number: MRG581LP

IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE - UYAI

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