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Ibibio Sound Machine's Highlife Disco 'The Talking Fish'

Stream Ibibio Sound Machine's highlife-meets-disco single "The Talking Fish (Asem Usem Iyak)"


London-based Ibibio Sound Machine blend elements of highlife with a hodgepodge of disco, psychedelic and electronic tendencies. The lyrical construct of Ibibio's songwriting comes from folk stories told to frontwoman Eno Williams as a child in her mother's Southern Nigerian Ibibio language. Her lyrics are laid on a bed of West African-influenced electronic production from Max Grunhard, Leon Brichard and Benji Bouton. "The Talking Fish (Asem Usem Iyak)," the second single from their debut album, highlights Konkoma guitarist and Ibibio band member Alfred 'Kari' Bannerman's Ghanaian riffs. Stream "Talking Fish," premiering here today, and hear the previously released "Let's Dance (Yak Inek Unek)" below. Ibibio Sound Machine LP is due March 17 from Soundway Records.

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