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Ibibio Sound Machine detail new LP Uyai, share "The Pot Is On Fire"

12 December 2016, 15:12 | Written by Laurence Day

Ibibio Sound Machine detail Uyai, their new record, and share its lead single "The Pot Is On Fire".

"The Pot Is On Fire" is a "food dance that celebrates the 'happy place' when the food will be ready soon."

“It’s also metaphorical,” expands frontwoman Eno Williams. “Something is brewing which will soon bear fruit.”

The single is a beguiling fusion of eras and genres, continuing the collective's signature style.

"Uyai is a continuation of Ibibio Sound Machine’s story in which the worlds of West African highlife and electronic London collide via the storytelling lyrical thread of Eno’s vocals in the Ibibio language of Nigeria,” the band explain. “There is a darker, edgier quality to the sound that maybe reflects the difficult journey the band took from making the first album to completing the second one. The songs are based more around themes of empowerment, freedom, and the liberation of dance for women, and people in general."

As well as the album and single news, Ibibio Sound Machine have also confirmed a trilogy of live dates for next March.


  1. Give Me a Reason
  2. The Chant (Iquo Isang)
  3. One That Lights Up (Andi Domo Ikang Uwem Mmi)
  4. The Pot Is on Fire
  5. Quiet
  6. Joy (Idaresit)
  7. Power of 3
  8. Lullaby
  9. Guide U (Edu Kpeme)
  10. Sunray (Eyio)
  11. Cry (Eyet)

March 2017

  • 28 - Manchester, UK - Band on the Wall
  • 30 - London, UK - Jazz Cafe
  • 31 - Bristol, UK - The Lantern
Uyai is released 3 March via Merge. You can pre-order now from iTunes.
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