Ibibio Sound Machine have announced the follow up to their eponymous 2014 debut album, which ranked at #5 on Piccadilly Records’ end of year review and brought great acclaim to the electro-funk outfit, fronted by London-born Nigerian vocalist Eno Williams.
The eleven-track album Uyai will be released on 3rd March via Merge records, and according to the band ‘is a continuation of Ibibio Sound Machine’s story in which the worlds of West African highlife and electronic London collide via the storytelling lyrical thread of Eno’s vocals in the Ibibio language of Nigeria’. They add that ‘There 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.’
The Pot is On Fire was premiered on Lauren Laverne’s 6Music show and can be streamed below. We’re thrilled to welcome Ibibio to Band on the Wall on 28th March 2017.