William Onyeabor - William Onyeabor Vol. 1 - Africa Funk Synth 5LP Box + 7" + Booklet
- William Onyeabor Atomic Bomb
- William Onyeabor Love Is Blind
- William Onyeabor Atomic Bomb edit by Zach Cowie Sunny Levine
- William Onyeabor When The Going Is Smooth Good
- William Onyeabor When The Going Is Smooth And Good
- William Onyeabor Love Me Now by Axel Boman Petter Nordkvist Johan Jonason
- William Onyeabor Fantastic Man
- William Onyeabor Something Youll Never Forget
- William Onyeabor Love Me Now
William Onyeabor - William Onyeabor Vol. 1
Label: Luaka Bop
Cat#: 6 80899 8002-1-1
Format: Box Set, Compilation, Limited Edition, Numbered
5 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Hand-numbered box set, limited to 3000 copies.
Includes MP3 download card.
Crashes In Love LP (original version)
Atomic Bomb LP
Great Lover LP
Anything You Sow LP
45 of William Onyeabors Atomic Bomb edit by Zach Cowie & Sunny Levine / Love Me Now by Axel Boman, Petter Nordkvist & Johan Jonason
16 page 5 x 7 booklet by Chris Abani
8 page 12 x 12 booklet
Vintage Wilfilms ad
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single
Released: 20 Nov 2014
Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Afrobeat, Leftfield, Funk, Psychedelic
Crashes In Love (Original Version) - 1977
A1 Something You'll Never Forget
A2 Ride On Baby
B1 Crashes In Love
B2 Heaven & Hell
B3 Jungle Gods
Atomic Bomb - 1978
A1 Beautiful Baby
A2 Better Change Your Mind
B1 Atomic Bomb
B3 I Need You All Life
Tomorrow - 1979
A2 Why Go To War
B1 Love Me Now
B2 Fantastic Man
B3 Try And Try
Great Lover - 1981
A1 Tell Me What You Want
A2 Great Lover
B1 Love Is Blind
B2 I've Got Love
Anything You Sow - 1985
A1 When The Going Is Smooth & Good
A2 This Kind Of World
B1 Anything You Sow
7" Single (Man Tear Mix)
A Atomic Bomb
B Love Me Now
The first of two William Onyeabor vinyl box sets from Luaka Bop features five of the albums the elusive Nigerian synth-funk pioneer self-released between 1977 and 1985 - remastered and officially available for the first time. His music 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 October of 2013, and has since seen the release of the documentary Fantastic Man, which was fabricated around the myth of the musician and attempts to unearth the man behind the music. It is also now a full blown live show touring the world, paying tribute to the music of Onyeabor featuring a supergroup of Damon Albarn, David Byrne, Kele Okereke from Bloc Party, Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip, the Lijadu Sisters, Money Mark, Pat Mahoney and Sinkane. To this day, William Onyeabor has not spoken about his music in one single interview.
William Onyeabor is a box set of five of the albums elusive Nigerian synth-funk pioneer William Onyeabor self-released between 1977 and 1985 - remastered and officially available for the first time. His music 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'S in October of 2013, and has since seen the release of the documentary FANTASTIC MAN, which was fabricated around the myth of the musician, attempts to unearth the man behind the music, which is also now a full blown live show touring the world, paying tribute to the music of William Onyeabor featuring a supergroup of Damon Albarn, David Byrne, Kele Okereke from Bloc Party, Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip, the Lijadu Sisters, Money Mark, Pat Mahoney and Sinkane. to this day, William Onyeabor has not spoken about his music in one single interview.
William Onyeabor is a funk musician from Nigeria, born in 1945 or 1946. Onyeabor's songs are often heavily rhythmic and synthesized, occasionally epic in scope, with lyrics decrying war sung by both Onyeabor himself and female backing vocalists.
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 good chase, but in October 2013, Luaka Bop will unmask a phantom: the great William Onyeabor. 13 tracks from Nigerian electro-funk originator, a mystery man of epic proportions, and an elusive master of synth & good vibes. Name-checked by anybody & everybody, including Four Tet & Caribou.
Onyeabor lays down some amazing grooves of interlocking organ, guitar, bass, and presumably drum machine. Some of the songs appear to be solely comprised of synthesizer as the guitar does not appear on a few. It matters little. The groove is irresistible and changes little through each song. Onyeabor sings in English and the lyrics never get so cheesy that they are a negative.
The gap between rich and poor was broadening abruptly into a deep, virtually unbridgeable crevasse. The surge in the price of oil that was bringing London to its knees (and producing the bereft climate that spawned punk) was fattening Lagos - at least the city's rich. Meanwhile, in that same city, it was common for taxpaying civilians to be hauled from their cars and horsewhipped in the street in front of their children for some phony infraction of authoritarian rules. Onyeabor's politics, dancing on their bubbly synthesized beat, bit deep and permanently. Laconically crooning "You want another guy to stop a bullet for you?" in 1979's "Why Go to War," Onyeabor still sounds all too relevant, right now.
"Atomic Bomb," Onyeabor's dance anthem, played on fears that were very real at the time - and still are. Temitope Kogbe, a Nigerian DJ who grew up dancing to his father's copy of Onyeabor's Atomic Bomb LP, reminds us, "Though the Cold War...had petered off in the West, Africa was the new theater for this confrontation - in Angola, Mozambique, and most tragically in the Congo, where in 1961, the U.S.-backed Mobutu to kill Patrice Lumumba, who was feared to be a communist. So the Cold War and its threat of Atomic Bomb was still very much in the spirit of the times when the record was released in 1978."
But Onyeabor's specifically political music did not dominate his output, unlike, say, Fela Kuti, whose songs were a running commentary on the military dictatorships. Onyeabor's looks and sounds are both oceans away from the bleak perception of his struggling, starving territory. In the few extant photographs of Onyeabor, he sometimes embodies the "Fantastic Man," in white flares and a gold-buttoned navy jacket, looking like a contented capitalist on his yacht. Elsewhere, he wears a white disco suit, as if he was a Philly soul man.
His musical and sartorial choices place him as an outernational artist, not defined or confined by accidents of birth. The music, too, is a cosmopolitan brew - these are charming, imaginative, infectious dance tracks. Onyeabor's biography is full of missing links. He, too, is a kind of missing link - Nigeria's answer to synth-pop and New Wave. Within the African canon, he is a progressive adventurer who wielded the brand-new synthesizer like a musical passport. Now you can hear the uncharted, outer-space places his musical journey took him.
William Onyeabor - When the Going Is Smooth & Good
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'Fantastic Man' (Full Length) - A Film About William Onyeabor
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William Onyeabor - Atomic Bomb
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William Onyeabor - Love Me Now
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William Onyeabor- Fantastic Man
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|Format||7", Gatefold, Boxset, 5LP|