William Onyeabor - Good Name


william onyeabor, funk, synth funk, nigeria, afrofunk

Who Is William Onyeabor? (set for an Oct. 15th release) will hold answers as well as make insane indie-meets-legend history.

Luaka Bop, The David Byrne established label made magic happen, after five years of effort, by obtaining (the first label to successfully do so) the rights to thirteen tracks from Nigeria’s elusive master of synth and good vibes.

Four Tet and Caribou are huge Onyeabor fans, and it seems the whole of indie music has fallen for the mysteryman as well.

William Onyeabor studied cinematography in Russia for many years, returning to Nigeria in the mid-70s to start his own Wilfilms music label and to set up a music and film production studio. He recorded a number of hit songs in Nigeria during the 70s, the biggest of which was ‘Atomic Bomb’ in 1978. ‘Better Change Your Mind’ is taken from the same album, and, as well as slating the power-crazed nations of the world, the second half settles into a unique slice of stripped down spacey, lo-fi funk which is unlike any other Nigerian music being made at the time. William has now been crowned a High Chief in Enugu, where he lives today as a successful businessman working on government contracts and running his own flour mill.



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