Ibibio Sound Machine, the British/Nigerian group fronted by singer Eno Williams which blends West-African funk with disco and modern electronica, has rescheduled their upcoming run of U.S. summer tour dates. The band had announced earlier this week that due to a “visa problem,” their previously announced tour plans have been updated to now begin on July 25th in New York and continue until early August with their appearance at this year’s Pickathon.
The band will return to the United States to promote their forthcoming studio album, Doko Mien, which is scheduled to arrive next Friday, March 22nd, on Merge Records. The brief run of summer concerts will now see the band make stops at Brooklyn Bowl in New York, NY (7/25); U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC (7/26); Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC (7/27); The Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles, CA (7/30); The New Parish in Oakland, CA (7/31) and finally Pickathon on 8/1-8/3, although their exact performance date at the festival has yet to be revealed.
“Music is a universal language, but spoken language can help you think about what makes you emotional, what makes you feel certain feelings, what you want to see in the world,” Williams added in a statement to go with their tour announcement via press release on Friday. Williams sings her lyrics in both Nigerian and English on the upcoming album.
The band has already released four songs which are set to appear on Doko Mien when it arrives next week, including “Basquiat”, “Tell Me (Doko Mien)”, “Wanna Come Down”, and “Guess We Found A Way”. Fans can check out the audio-only video below to listen to the latter song in full.
Ibibio Sound Machine – “Guess We Found A Way”
[Video: Merge Records]
Prior to their 2019 summer tour, the band will also play a one-off album release show at The Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, CA on March 28th. Fans can head to the band’s website for tickets and more tour info.
Ibibio Sound Machine Rescheduled U.S. Tour Dates
July 25 – New York, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
July 26 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
July 27 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
July 30 – Los Angeles, CA – The Moroccan Lounge
July 31 – Oakland, CA – The New Parish
August 1-3 – Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon at Pendarvis Farm