World, Latin, & Reggae

Ibibio Sound Machine

When: Wed., July 31, 9 p.m. 2019

Charismatic singer Eno Williams was born in London, but grew up in Nigeria, steeped in the culture of the Ibibio people. She returned to England she was 19. After meeting keyboard player Max Grunhard at various gigs around London, the duo began experimenting with a fusion of highlife, funk, rock, disco and electronic dance music. They quickly assembled an international crew, with players from Brazil, Ghana and Trinidad. In short order, they were playing sold-out shows and getting rave reviews in the press. Their latest album, Doko Mein, continues to explore the band’s marriage of African and Western styles, with Williams singing the songs in a blend of English and Ibibio that preserves the music’s expansive creative vision. The album was recorded live and balances the acoustic feel of traditional West-African music, with rock dynamics and the multi-layered beats of electronic percussion, to create a unique, expansive sound.

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Price: $17-$20

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