Interview: Ibibio Sound Machine

‘Everybody coming to Glastonbury is ready for a good party, so the audience never disappoint,’ says Ibibio Sound Machine’s lead vocalist Eno Williams.

Since their formation in 2013, the London-based band have been perfecting a riotous melting pot of African polyrhythms, electro punk, contemporary R&B and funk, to name but a handful of their touchstones.

Following their self-titled 2014 debut, the band signed to American indie label Merge records for their critically acclaimed follow-up Uyai.

Eno’s dynamic vocal, sung in both Ibibio and English, and vibrant live performances formed the bedrock of the band’s sound, around which an increasingly wide range of influences seeped in.

Concept-wise, Eno based her lyrics around Nigerian folk tales as well as socially conscious contemporary concerns.

This year saw the release of Ibibio Sound Machine’s third full-length long player Doko Mien plus a hectic touring schedule, including the inimitable Somerset event.

In between shows at the PRS for Music tent and the Avalon Stage, we caught up with Eno to get her take on the festival, the eclectic influences both past and present that inform her work, plus she offers some stellar tips for live performance.

Check out the video below…

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