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Ibibio Sound Machine
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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, modern post-punk, and electro. They have forged a reputation as a high-energy live act appearing on stages such as Later... with Jools Holland, Glastonbury, Roskilde, and the BBC 6 Music Festival, as well as at iconic venues such as Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London as part of Lauren Laverne's "Wonder Women" series. The album title Uyai means "beauty" in Ibibio language and refers to the strength and free spirit of women in general and, in particular, the courage of the women in Eno's family, to whom she often refers in her writing. The songs are based more around themes of empowerment, freedom, and the liberation of dance for women, and people in general." 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 poetic imagery and empowering messages set against an edgy, Afro-Electro soundscape give the band a unique space within the current wave of modern Afrocentric sounds sweeping across the globe.

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1) Give Me a Reason
2) The Chant (Iquo Isang)
3) One That Lights Up (Andi Domo Ikang Uwem Mi)
4) The Pot Is on Fire
5) Quiet
6) Joy (Idaresit)
7) Power of 3
8) Lullaby
9) Guide You (Edu Kpeme)
10) Sunray (Eyio)
11) Cry (Eyed)
12) Trance Dance

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Uyai | Ibibio Sound Machine