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. 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.

Ibibio Sound Machine is Eno Williams (vocals), Alfred Kari Bannerman (guitar), Anselmo Netto (percussion), Jose Joyette (drums), John McKenzie (bass), Tony Hayden (trombone, synth), Scott Baylis (trumpet, synth), and Max Grunhard (saxophone, synth).

We are thrilled to welcome Ibibio Sound Machine to this summer’s Curious Arts Festival.

Ibibio Sound Machine will be performing on Friday 21st July. Buy tickets here.


“An adventurous update to Afrobeat and high life.” Guardian

“Some of the best and most hypnotic arrangements from any band playing anywhere in the world today.” The Quietus

“A meeting of joyous disco, signature West African highlife, and soulful psych jams.” Crack