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William Onyeabor, 'World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who is William Onyeabor?'

William Onyeabor, 'World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who is William Onyeabor?'
Courtesy Luaka Bop

Answer: An Igbo chieftain from Eastern Nigeria who produced eight funky, spacey synth-disco LPs in the late-Seventies and Eighties before embracing Christianity and dropping off radar. On the year's most thrillingly left-field reissues, the man's catalog gets cherry-picked by David Byrne's Luaka Bop label for a killer party mix combining Fela Kuti's extended-groove trance states and call-and-response vocals with P-Funky grooves and primitive drum machines. And songs like "Why Go To War" and "Atomic Bomb" suggest dude was always a hell of a preacher.

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