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Ibibio Sound Machine Release The Fantastically High Energy Video For 'Let's Dance (Yak Unek Inek)'

London's Ibibio Sound Machine release the fantastically high energy video for "Let's Dance (Yak Unek Inek)," off their self-titled debut.


Back in March London-based octet Ibibio Sound Machine released their self-titled debut album, a hodgepodge of disco, highlife, post-punk and psychedelic electro soul tendencies that included the jumpy singles "Let's Dance (Yak Unek Inek)" and "The Talking Fish (Asem Usem Iyak)." This month the group is back on our radar with a fantastically animated video  for the bouncy vintage sub-bass of "Let's Dance." Directed by Baff Akoto, the piece has Ibibio frontwoman, British/Nigerian vocalist Eno Williams, dancing to a parade of quick drums and fat horns as she changes into vibrant costumes with cartoon designs flying around her. The sheer energy of "Let's Dance (Yak Unek Inek)" may recall afrobeat king Fela Kuti's bursting 1971 LP Open & Close or tUnE-yArDs' chimeric album WhoKill. Watch it below. Ibibio Sound Machine is out now on Soundway Records.

>>>Listen: Ibibio Sound Machine’s "The Talking Fish"

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It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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