IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE – UYAI
Ibibio Sound Machine are an eight-piece band led by London born, Nigerian raised singer Eno Williams. Their music draws on many African influences as well as giving a nod to more westernised styles such as electro pop, rock, funk and disco.
The band’s new album, Uyai, meaning “Beauty,” is their first since their self-titled debut in 2014 and was released on Merge Records in March this year.
The album is an interesting and lively fusion of politically conscious Afro-beat and electro pop. Driving rhythms form the foundations but it’s the music around those beats that has developed into something beautiful, demonstrating a rich diversity of tempos and styles. The band has clearly found it’s feet on this release and the results are extremely satisfying.