William Onyeabor – What?! (Luaka Bop)

Onyeabor rmxReworked versions of the 1970s-80s tracks featured on the award-winning retrospective CD “Who Is William Onyeabor?” – one of NPR’s top 50 albums of the year in 2013. These remixes were created by ten different producers -without the reclusive Nigerian artist’s participation, although he was finally located and agreed to authorize this undertaking. Onyeabor’s role as a Moog synthesizer pioneer (and long-ago Moog dealer) is preserved in the remixes (not surprising since each of the artists participating in this project received a custom Moog). Nice stuff!

My favorite new track here.   More sample tracks here.

Watch this remarkable 30 minute documentary video about the search for William Onyeabor. Includes rare footage from the era of Nigerian independence, modern footage of Nigeria, interviews with 1970s Nigerian musicians and modern record execs, and a look at the reclusive man’s mansion!  Fantastic Man – A Film About William Onyeabor

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