New Audio: Ibibio Sound Machine Globalist and Genre-Bending Take on Dance Music

Fronted by Nigerian-born vocalist Eno Williams and featuring Alfred Kari Bannerman (guitar), Anselmo Netto (percussion), Jose Joyette (drums), Derrick McIntyre (bass), Tony Hayden (trombone, synth), Scott Baylis (trumpet, synth) and Max Grunhard (sax, synth), the London-based act Ibibio Sound Machine through the release of their first two albums 2014’s self-titled album and 2017’s Uyai has received attention both nationally and internationally for a sound that draws influence from golden era West African funk and disco, and contemporary post-punk and electro pop.

The London-based act’s third, full-length album Doko Mien is slated for a March 22, 2019 release through Merge Records, and the album which derives its name from the Ibibio phase that translates into English as “tell me,” reportedly finds the act crafting a sonic world of entrancing specificity and comforting universality, essentially blurring the lines separating cultures, between nature and technology, between joy and pain, between tradition and the future.

Doko Mien‘s latest single, album title track “Doko Mien,” is centered around a glimmering and mind-bending production featuring  80s synth funk meets disco-like beats, arpeggiated synths, African polyrhythm, a sinuous bass line and pizzicato guitar and an explosive horn arrangement. Sonically, the song strikes me as a wild, genre-bending amalgamation of I Feel For You-era Chaka Khan, Prince, Michael Jackson‘s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin‘,” Chicago house and Fela Kuti — and adding to the globalist vibes, Williams soulfully sings lyrics in both English and Ibibio, the Nigerian dialect from which the London-based act derives its name.  Simply put, the track is a club banger with an infectious, jubilant hook.

The members of Ibibio Sound Machine will be touring across the UK, Canada and the US to support their forthcoming album, and the tour will include a highly-anticipated March 20, 2019 stop at Brooklyn Bowl. Check out the tour dates below.


Mar 05 Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
Mar 09 Bristol, UK – Colston Hall
Mar 13 London, UK – 100 Club [SOLD OUT]
Mar 14 London, UK – 100 Club
Mar 15 Manchester, UK – YES
Mar 16 Manchester, UK – YES
Mar 18 Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
Mar 20 New York, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
Mar 22 Montreal, QC – L’Astral
Mar 23 Toronto, ON – Mod Club
Mar 25 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
Mar 27 Oakland, CA – New Parish
Mar 28 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
May 04 Leeds, UK – Live at Leeds
May 05 Leicester, UK – Handmade
May 24 London, UK – All Points East