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William Onyeabor

Who Is William Onyeabor?

Luaka Bop
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October 15, 2013

To answer the title: He's an Igbo chieftain from Eastern Nigeria who produced eight funky, spacey, handsomely strange synth-disco LPs in the late Seventies and Eighties before embracing Christianity and ditching his career. The catalog gets cherry-picked here for a killer party mix that combines Fela Kuti's extended-groove trance states and soulman call-and-response vocals with old-school drum machines and synths. And songs like "Why Go to War" and "Atomic Bomb" suggest he's probably still a hell of a preacher. 

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