‘Uyai’ by Ibibio Sound Machine


Artist: Ibibio Sound Machine

Release: Uyai

Label: Merge Records

This album was ABSOLUTELY refreshing. Modern post-punk and electronic genres mix with heavy West African funk & disco influences to create a dance genre unique to Southern Nigeria (shout out to my fellow Naija peeps).

The Chant (Iquo Isang) features a talking drum, an instrument used in West African cultures to mimic the tones of human language; in a way the drum is mimicked by the synths to create a really funky noise. Joy (Idaresit) has very clear post punk influences, which contrasts with the 80s vibe the rest of the album gives out. Definitely worth listening to all the songs. No two songs sound alike in this album.

Recommended: 1, 2, 4, 6, 11