Ibibio Sound Machine
Ibibio Sound Machine Play Liverpool
They’re back with a new album & this is set to be a huge party at IWF!
10 Oct 2019 @ 23:00pm
Fronted by London-born Nigerian singer Eno Williams, they were initially formed in London in 2010 by producers Max Grunhard, Leon Brichard and Benji Bouton. The idea was simple; fusing 80s afrobeat with 90s drum and bass, with Williams approached to handle lead vocals. They are equally inspired by the golden era of West-African funk and disco, as well as western post-punk and electronic music. All brought together, they generate a true culture clash, easily fitting alongside the Pet Shop Boys as they would Manu Dibango.
Lyrically, they dynamic Williams was inspired by Ibibio, the language spoken by her mother, who would recount African folk stories to Eno as a child. When she started making music, Williams naturally wanted to weave this evocative Nigerian imagery into the music, which she achieves by often singing in Ibibio.
The full band has now swelled to eight members, and is truly multicultural, with Ghanaian guitarist Alfred Bannerman and Brazilian percussionist Anselmo Netto joining the ranks.
They released their self-titled debut album in 2014, but their more socially conscious current album Uyai shows that the band have truly arrived. As thought provoking as it is danceable, they have been tearing up venues all over the world, and their performance at the Invisible Wind Factory will undoubtedly be the major highlight of our year!