Earlier this year, British afro-funk band Ibibio Sound Machine released their second album and first for Merge Records, Uyai, and it's gotten a nice amount of acclaim. It landed on Rough Trade Shops' year-end list and PopMatters' Best World Music of 2017 list. Ibibio Sound Machine are also one of the artists contributing to their Merge labelmates The Mountain Goats' All Hail West Texas tribute album, and their take on "Color In Your Cheeks" recently came out. It's a fun interpretation of the song, and Uyai is a ton of fun too. Listen to both below.

Earlier this year, Ibibio Sound Machine were in NYC for Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and they'll return in 2018 for a show on April 28 at Brooklyn Bowl (tickets). They also have an Allston, MA show a few days before that, the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival in NC shortly afterwards, and more US dates TBA. All known dates are listed below.

Ibibio Sound Machine -- 2018 Tour Dates (more TBA)
Jan 05 2018 Out To Lunch Festival Belfast, UK
Jan 28 2018 Barbican Centre London, UK
Apr 25 2018 Brighton Music Hall Allston, MA, US
Apr 28 2018 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY, US
May 03-04 2018 Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival Silk Hope, NC
May 05 2018 Sound City Festival 2018 Liverpool, UK
May 06 2018 Liverpool Sound City Festival 2018 Chester, UK

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