Ibibio Sound Machine on Later… with Jools Holland
Ibibio Sound Machine will be appearing on Later… with Jools Holland this week alongside artists including Kasabian, Brian Eno and George Ezra. The short version of the show will be tomorrow night on BBC2 at 10pm, while the extended version will be shown on Friday night at 11:05pm (UPDATE: watch the performance below).
Ibibio Sound Machine’s eponymous debut album was released through Soundway Records. Fronted by British / Nigerian vocalist Eno Williams, they combine elements of West African highlife, disco, post-punk and psychedelic electro soul. 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.
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 their hometown of London as much as by West Africa, give the vocals and guitar lines space to breath without being overwhelmed.