Ibibio Sound Machine
Ibibio Sound Machine (Soundway, 2014)
London-based group Ibibio Sound Machine released its self-titled debut album Ibibio Sound Machine this month. Their multifaceted sound is a mix of West African highlife, retro disco, pop, psychedelia and soul featuring captivating guitar work, vibrant horns and vintage synthesizer sounds.
Ibibio Sound Machine’s vocalist is British-Nigerian artist Eno Williams. Her songs are inspired by traditional stories, narrated to Eno by her family as a child in her mother’s Ibibio language from southeastern Nigeria.
The group’s effervescent Afro-Soul sound was concocted by producers Max Grunhard, Leon Brichard and Benji Bouton. They laid out all the bass and drum tracks of the album and later added Ghanaian guitar virtuoso Alfred ‘Kari’ Bannerman (from Konkoma) and several other musicians.
The album lineup includes Eno Williams on vocals, Alfred Bannerman on guitar, Anselmo Netto on percussion, Leon Brichard on bass and synthesizer, Benji Bouton on drums and keyboards, Max Grunhard on alto sax, Tony Hayden on trombone and synthesizer, Scott Baylis on trumpet and Ben Hadwen on baritone saxophone.
Ibibio Sound Machine will be presenting the debut album in France, the UK and Switzerland:
April 4, 2014, Le Bataclan in Paris, France
April 5, 2014, Radiomeuh Festival in La Clusaz, France
April 11, 2014, The Forge in London, UK
May 17, 2014, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange in Brighton, UK
July 07, 2014, Jazz Parade in Fribourg, Switzerland
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.