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Born out of the heat of Nigeria’s 1970s african funk scene, William Onyeabor is a synth pioneer who self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in South-Eastern Nigeria, and then became a Born-Again Christian, refusing to ever speak about himself or his music again.

William Onyeabor studied cinematography in Russia for many years, returning to Nigeria in the mid-70s to start his own…

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  • “This Is England 90” episode 2 included "Fantastic Man". Not sure that people were dancing to the Nigerian synth-funk maverick at barbecues in the east Midlands in 1990 though however it did remind of the genius of William Onyeabor. Always a good thing eh?
  • off the wall freaky funk fun
  • I have never heard something like him before. Utterly changed my view of african music... all over again. Speaking in terms of african music, he uses synths like nobody before him, and lyrics are so artistic and original, combined they give incredible sonic picture. After watching that "Fantastic man" documentary on YT, I realised he is a afrofunk pioneer and something beautiful that Nigeria has to offer. This genius left a legacy. He's truly an atomic bomb!
  • wow
  • Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Oldies №96! http://oldies.saltyknuckles.net/2014-39/
  • Lots of synth bad assery going on here. Love it!!!!
  • OMG, this guy was off the chain! Too bad he stopped doing music. He was obviously far ahead of his time.
  • How have I only just discovered this?!
  • my god this is good!!

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