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World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?

Onyeabor William

World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?

Label: Luaka Bop

Genre: Freestyle / Nu Jazz / Funk / Afro

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In the early 21st Century, a shadowy figure rose from the dust that settled atop forgotten record collections throughout Africa, leaving behind a trail of clues in what seemed like a wild goose chase, but in October 2013, Luaka Bop will unmask a phantom: the great William Onyeabor. 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.