Ibibio Sound Machine share new song, “Mama Say”

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Essential Tracks - Ibibio Sound Machine

On May 3, Ibibio Sound Machine release new album Pull the Rope via Merge. It’s one of our most anticipated albums of spring, and they’ve already shared a pair of excellent singles, including the Essential Track “Got to Be Who U Are.” Today they’ve shared another single, “Mama Say,” which you can check out below.

“This track is simply about honoring women. The main chorus vocal is sung in pidgin: ‘Mama say make I honor am’—in other words, ‘Mother says I must honor her,’” the group said in a statement. “It is essentially about empowering and uplifting the women in our lives. The track plays musically upon the tension between the traditional and the modern; the arpeggios in the chorus were played on a Juno 60, and the west African vocal stylings of the verse provide a contrasting feel to these electronic elements.”

Pull the Rope follows 2022’s Electricity.

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