London-based duo Ibibio Sound Machine make dazzling disco dance tracks that infuse the polyrhythm and pizzicato guitar of Africa to make a genre-bending experience. The band is made up of Nigerian singer Eno Williams and Ghanaian guitarist Alfred “Kari” Bannerman, who are releasing their sophomore record Doko Mien on March 22 via Merge. Our Song of the Day is the groovesome, strutting “Basquiat," was written as part of the Barbican’s Video Jam, an event inspired by the work of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, which took place earlier this year in the UK. On the track, Williams sings in Ibibio — the Nigerian language from which her band’s name is derived. “Music is a universal language, but spoken language can help you think about what makes you emotional, what makes you feel certain feelings, what you want to see in the world,” says Williams.
Ibibio Sound Machine will be participating in this year’s International Clash Day London broadcast, taking place February 4-7th. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Clash’s landmark album London Calling, KEXP will travel to London for a 4-day live broadcast and online event, featuring live performances and exclusive interviews. The band will take the Studio 9294 stage alongside fellow British bands IDLES, Chemtrails, Heavy Lungs, and more. Performance schedule and additional artists to be announced soon.
Listen to "Basquiat" below.
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