Doko Mien: Ibibio for “tell me,” and the title of the dazzling new album from London’s genre-bending, culture-fusing Ibibio Sound Machine. The follow-up to their Merge debut Uyai is out everywhere on March 22. The album’s title track—a song that features disco beats colliding with polyrhythm and pizzicato guitar—can be heard HERE. Check out “Tell Me (Doko Mien)” and pre-orderDoko Mien on CD, LP, and white Peak Vinyl in the Merge store or wherever you buy music.
“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,” says Eno Williams, frontwoman of Ibibio Sound Machine. When Williams uses both English and Ibibio—the Nigerian language from which her band’s name is derived—on Doko Mien, the group somehow produces a world of both entrancing specificity and comforting universality, a language entirely of their own.
DOKO MIEN TRACK LISTING
1 – I Need You to Be Sweet Like Sugar (Nnge Nte Suka)