Who Is William Onyeabor?

Who Is William Onyeabor?

Music CD - 2013
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Publisher: New York, NY : Luaka Bop Records, p2013.
Branch Call Number: CD POP/ROCK ONYEABOR
Characteristics: 1 audio disc (73 min.) : digital, stereo. ; 4 3/4 in.

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LPL_IanS Nov 16, 2017

It doesn’t get much better than this loving compilation of Nigerian William Onyeabor’s brief career in dance/electro/disco/funk/afrobeat fusion. He may not be as recognizable as Fela, but the man’s a legend in his own right.

If this album doesn’t get you moving, you may need help.


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LPL_IanS Nov 16, 2017

It doesn’t get much better than this loving compilation of Nigerian William Onyeabor’s brief career in dance/electro/disco/funk/afrobeat fusion. He may not be as recognizable as Fela, but the man’s a legend in his own right.

If this album doesn’t get you moving, you may need help.

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lukasevansherman
Sep 29, 2016

An amazing find. David Bryne's Luaka Bop label released a series called "World Psychedelic Classics" and this compilation spotlights Nigerian musican William Onyeabor. Psychedelic is not entirely accurate; his music is a bubbling stew of funk, Afro-pop, synth, and even disco. It has some affinities with Fela Kuti and James Brown's more adventurous work in that it often settles into a groove and goes on for a long time. Onyeabor was active in the 70s and 80s, but then apparently converted to Christianity and abandoned music. This is a very cool, very funky record.

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