Boomkat Product Review:
Collecting five albums (49 tracks!) from elusive Nigerian synth-funk pioneer William Onyeabor self-released between 1977 and 1985 — remastered and officially available for the first time. Properly forward, incredibly produced African synth-funk of the highest, weirdest, most catchy calibre imaginable...
Onyeabor represents the epitome of the golden era of Nigerian funk, before he gave up a life in music to become a devout Christian. Luaka Bop released the critically acclaimed compilation Who is William Onyeabor? in 2013 to huge critical acclaim, and has since seen the release of the documentary Fantastic Man, which attempted to unearth the man behind the music.
To this day Onyeabor has barely spoken about his music (apart from one fairly cryptic interview with Lauren Laverne) and he remains an enigma - voted West African industrialist of the year in 1986, rumoured to have weird connections with Russia and, until his death just a few days ago (Jan 2017), lived a wealthy life in a house resplendant with 1980's glamour.
He also had his own recording studio and vinyl pressing plant back in the day, but perhaps the most curious mystery of all is quite how he managed to produce such a large amount of detailed, futuristic and enduring music without the world really having much of an idea about him until decades later. Kudos to Luaka Bop for spending years tracking him down, if it wasnt for them we might never have been familiar with these absolute classics of the genre.
The albums included are: Good Name, Crashes In Love (Original Version), Crashes In Love (2nd Version), Atomic Bomb, Tomorrow, Body & Soul, Great Lover, Hypertension, Anything You Sow.