RIYL: Sinkane, William Onyeabor, Mbongwana Star, John Wizard
Label: Merge Records
From merge record’s press release:
Ibibio Sound MachineÂ will releaseÂ UyaiÂ on March 3. 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 intervening time since their self-titled debut album in 2014 has been spent forging a reputation as a high-energy live act appearing on stages such asÂ Laterâ€¦ with Jools Holland, Glastonbury, Roskilde, and the BBC 6 Music Festival, as well as at iconic venues such as Shakespeareâ€™s Globe Theatre in London as part of Lauren Laverneâ€™s â€śWonder Womenâ€ť series.
The album titleÂ UyaiÂ means â€śbeautyâ€ť in Ibibio language and refers to the strength and free spirit of women in general and, in particular, the courage of the women in Enoâ€™s family, to whom she often refers in her writing. â€śIt is a continuation of Ibibio Sound Machineâ€™s story in which the worlds of West African highlife and electronic London collide via the storytelling lyrical thread of frontwoman Eno Williamsâ€™ vocals in the Ibibio language of Nigeria,â€ť the band explains. â€śThere 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.â€ť
The first 250 LP orders will receive the album on limited-edition translucent blue vinyl.
Album bundled with a two-color 12.25â€ť x 12.25â€ť screen print for a few bucks more.
All pre-orders will ship to arrive on or around the release date of March 3rd.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive