OLDIES: Who Is William Onyeabor? by William Onyeabor


Who is William Onyeabor? That’s not an easy question to answer. What I can say is that William Onyeabor is a Nigerian Funk legend who influenced dozens of musicians I enjoy today. I can say William Onyeabor was one of the first African musicians I ever got into and that he definitely led me to listen to much more African music. I can say he was one of David Byrne from Talking Head’s biggest signings on his label Luaka Bop. Most importantly, I can say that music lost an innovator, a pioneer and one of its most interesting characters that it had ever seen. I’m not even going to go into talking about this album because I want you guys to listen and research for yourselves, William Onyeabor is worth it. Rest in peace, William. Whoever you were, we’re going to miss you.


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