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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.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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