Ibibio Sound Machine is an English electronic afro-funk band from London. Formed in 2013, the band currently consists of vocalist Eno Williams, guitarist Alfred Kari Bannerman, percussionist Anselmo Netto, drummer Jose Joyette, bassist John McKenzie (bass), trombonist/keyboardist Tony Hayden, Trumpeteer/keyboardist Scott Baylis and Saxaphonist/Keyboardist Max Grunhard.
The band was formed in London 2010 by producers Max Grunhard, Leon Brichard, and Benji Bouton. The trio were interested in producing music fusing elements from 1980s afrobeat and 90s drum-and-bass. They approached singer Eno Williams to create vocals for the project. After the first sessions had been successfully finished, live musicians were added to create a full band. These included the Ghanaian guitarist Alfred Bannerman from the band Konkoma, Brazilian percussionist Anselmo Netto, and multi-instrmentalists Tony Hayden and Scott Baylis.
The band released their first single in January 2014 on Soundway, entitled Let's Dance. Their self-titled debut album followed in March the same year.
In 2016, the band signed to Merge Records to create their follow-up record. Their second album, Uyai, was released in 2017.
Ibibio Sound Machine is a clash of African and electronic elements. The band claims their sound is inspired in equal measure by the golden era of West-African funk & disco and modern post-punk & electro.
The name of the band itself finds influence from Eno Williams' mother, whose native tongue was Ibibio. While Williams was born in London, she spent most of her childhood in Nigeria with the rest of her family. Her mother often recounted numerous folk and children's stories from her own heritage and passed them on to her daughter. Williams took this inspiration and crafted lyrics from these sources and married them to modern themes.
Eno Williams – vocals
Scott Baylis – trumpet, synth
Max Grunhard – saxophone, synth
Alfred Kari Bannerman – guitar
Tony Hayden – trombone, synth
Jose Joyette – drums
John McKenzie – bass
Anselmo Netto – percussion