Ibibio Sound Machine – Let’s Dance (Yak Unek Inek)
We went to see Ibibio Sound Machine at The Haunt in Brighton last week. They are excellent musicians and the atmosphere at the gig was right thrilling. The band sounded great and they had also gone the extra mile in the dressing room, singer Eno Williams even had a lovely fake parrot sitting on her shoulder.
A little bit about them from their website:
“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 and modern post-punk & electro.
Weird and wonderful folk stories, recounted to Eno by her family as a child in her mother’s Ibibio tongue, form the creative fabric from which the band’s unique musical tapestry is woven. Evocative Nigerian poetic imagery set against an edgy Afro-Electro soundscape by producers Max Grunhard, Leon Brichard & Benji Bouton give the band a unique space within the current wave of modern Afrocentric sounds sweeping across the globe.
The full lineup of the band consists of Eno Williams (vocals), Alfred Bannerman (guitar), Anselmo Netto (percussion), Leon Brichard (bass/synth), Jose Joyette (drums), Max Grunhard (alto sax), Tony Hayden (trombone/synth) & Scott Baylis (trumpet).”