The band is fronted by British / Nigerian vocalist Eno Williams.
Formed and based in London, the band combines elements of West African highlife, disco, post-punk & psychedelic electro soul. Folk stories, recounted to Eno by her family as a child in her mother’s South- Eastern Nigerian Ibibio language form the creative lyrical fabric of their debut album released on Soundway Records in April 2014.
A unique sound born out of the varied cultural makeup of London today, Ibibio Sound Machine was started by producers Max Grunhard, Leon Brichard and Benji Bouton along with singer Eno. After first tracking all the bass and drum tracks they joined up with Ghanaian guitar legend Alfred ‘Kari’ Bannerman, before adding Brazilian Anselmo Netto on percussion and synth/horn men Tony Hayden & Scott Baylis to Eno Williams’ unique vocals.
Ibibio Sound Machine's album provides a dose of electronica with a forward-looking, refreshingly un-retro approach that’s influenced by London as much as by West Africa, giving the vocals and guitar lines space to breath without being overwhelmed. From the banging sub-bass of ‘Lets Dance’ to the spiritual, gospel-tinged notes of the album’s opening track ‘Voice of the Bird’, the band have turned in a dynamic and, at times, beautiful take on modern afro-soul music.
The full Live lineup of the band consists of Eno Williams (vocals), Alfred Bannerman (guitar), Anselmo Netto (percussion), Leon Brichard (bass/synth), Jose Joyette (drums/keyboards), Max Grunhard (alto sax), Tony Hayden (trombone/synth), Scott Baylis (trumpet) & Ben Hadwen (baritone sax).