Magazine article New Internationalist

Doko Mien

Magazine article New Internationalist

Doko Mien

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Doko Mien

by Ibibio Sound Machine (Merge - CD, LP and digital) ibibiosoundmachine.com ****

Doko Mien ('tell me' in the Nigerian language of Ibibio) opens with a sequence of bouncy electronic intervals, then suddenly the Ibibio Sound Machine breaks out in a crescendo of funk. Led by the charismatic Nigeria-raised singer Eno Williams, the London-based octet are a little bit Afrobeat, a little bit funk and a whole lot of high-octane fun. This is the band's followup to its critically acclaimed 2017 debut, Uyai, and it's clear that they have moved on. The beat is sharper, Williams' full-throated voice (singing in both English and Ibibio) is more dynamic and the solid funk backline supplied by bassist Derrick McIntyre and drummer Jose Joyette has grown solid roots. Add to this some superlative songwriting. …

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