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Listen to Ibibio Sound Machine's New Album 'Doko Mien'

A blend of electronic sounds and '70s West African disco.

Ibibio Sound Machine are back with their latest album, Doko Mien.

The UK-based group, fronted by Nigerian singer Eno Williams, expertly blend electronic sounds with West African influences, taking cues from '70s West African disco.

They just dropped their latest single, "Wanna Come Down," which the band describes as an "infectious jam from the album that mixes disco, '80s electro with English and Ibibio language lyrics." Doko Mien, the title of the group's new album. means "tell me" in Ibibio.

"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," mentions Eno Williams.

Listen to Doko Mien below and catch Ibibio Sound Machine on their North American tour (dates below).


Ibibio Sound Machine - Wanna Come Down (Official Music Video) youtu.be




TOUR DATES

May 04 Leeds, UK - Live at Leeds

May 05 Leicester, UK - Handmade Festival

May 24 London, UK - All Points East Festival

Jul 12 Birmingham, UK - Mostly Jazz Festival

Jul 13 Reading, UK - Readipop Festival

Jul 18 Cheshire, UK - Bluedot Festival

Jul 25 New York, NY - Brooklyn Bowl

Jul 26 Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall

Jul 27 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle (MRG30)

Jul 30 Los Angeles, CA - The Moroccan Lounge

Jul 31 Oakland, CA - The New Parish

Aug 1-3 Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon

Aug 7 Newquay, UK - Boardmasters Festival

Sep 28 Portsmouth, UK - Wedgewood Rooms

Oct 01 Guildford, UK - Boileroom

Oct 05 Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms

Oct 07 Norwich, UK - Norwich Arts Centre

Oct 08 Newcastle, UK - Riverside

Oct 09 Glasgow, UK - Classic Grand

Oct 10 Liverpool, UK - Invisible Wind Factory

Oct 11 Sheffield, UK - O2 Academy 2

Oct 15 Cardiff, UK - Plas

Oct 16 Exeter, UK - Exeter Phoenix

Oct 17 Aldershot, UK - West End Centre

Oct 18 Birmingham, UK - Hare and Hounds

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