Ibibio Sound Machine

Ibibio Sound Machine’s debut album sounds like the best parts of about half a dozen different genres from the 70s and 80s,  all combined with an up-to-date electronic production approach, and the warm voice of the seriously stylin’ Eno Williams. ... Read more »

Funky Folklore: An Interview with Eno Williams of Ibibio Soundmachine

What&#8217;s the first thing you think when you hear the music of Ibibio Soundmachine? Well, if you&#8217;re anything like us, it&#8217;s probably something along the lines of &#8220;Damn that&#8217;s funky,&#8221; followed in short order by &#8220;Took them long enough!&#8221; Delivering ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Young Fathers on Their Democratic Recording “Dead”

Young Fathers, Scotland&#8217;s leading rap trio, have returned, after three excellent EPs and the recent &#8220;Music to&#8230; Babylon&#8221; mix for iD Magazine, with their debut full-length, DEAD (available from Anticon in the US). The band tackles dark subjects on the ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Life Begins

Tosin Aribisala, Nigerian master drummer (master of the drum kit, that is), has performed with Femi Kuti, Antibalas and many others. He&#8217;s been living in Washington DC since 2001, pursuing a career as a well-known freelance drummer, an active gospel musician ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

Onyeabor Mystery Persists in New Documentary

William Onyeabor is one of the most unique Nigerian performers of the &#8217;70s and &#8217;80s and also, very likely, the most mysterious. While we covered Onyeabor in our exploration of synthesizers in Africa, the new documentary Fantastic Man, directed by ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>

The Unreleased “Shuga” Theme

Some of Nigeria and Ghana’s biggest stars teamed up on “Shuga,” a song that was apparently somehow passed over for the theme to the HIV-stigma-breaking TV series Shuga. The fluttering synths of the beat, produced by Chopstix, sound rather uncannily ...<a class="meta-nav" href=""> Read more &#187;</a>