Posted in movies | music | tour dates on March 1, 2014

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One of last year's coolest reissues was Who Is William Onyeabor? which collected many of the cult Nigerian funk singer and synthesizer pioneer William Onyeabor's best tracks. For more on who he is, this past week a new Onyeabor documentary, titled Fantastic Man, premiered online, featuring interviews with Damon Albarn, Dan Snaith of Caribou, the Human League's, Martyn Ware (The Human League), Femi Kuti and many more. It's well worth watching and you can do so in this post.

There is also a remix album, titled What?, that was commissioned by Moog and will be released on Record Store Day (April 19) featuring reworkings by Hot Chip, The Vaccines, Justin Strauss & Bryan Mette, Joakim ft. Akwetey (Dragons of Zynth), JD Twitch (Optimo), Daphni, Javelin, David Terranova, Policy and Scientist.

And last but not least there will be a series of tribute concerts happening in cities around the world this spring, including two in NYC on May 2 & 3. Details have not been announced yet, so stay tuned.

You can listen to Who is William Onyeabor? via Rdio, and watch the Fantastic Man documentary below...

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'Fantastic Man' - A Film About William Onyeabor

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Comments (8)

I had never heard of this guy until a recent piece on NPR. The music is very interesting, very good. He was way ahead of his time in terms of electronic music.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2014 5:59 PM

Yeah, it's fabulous! However, it would not surprise me that many of the well-done-Billyburger munching crowd will be upset that it's not a show in an area of Brooklyn they wouldn't have wanted to touch with a ten mile pole ten years ago. Fuckers.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2014 6:44 PM

I had his first album, but unfortunately my turntable was a tad too close to my blender, and the great hummus mis-hap of 2011 caused irreparable damage to the B-side.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2014 9:15 PM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2014 10:08 PM

William rocks and he is unfading, his style, his voice and his songs.

Posted by Kris Krohn | March 2, 2014 12:05 AM

Is that frohawk's dad?

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2014 12:07 AM

"the Human League's, Martyn Ware (The Human League),"

I'm not even talking about editing, I'm talking about reading something just once before you post it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 3, 2014 2:02 AM

it was called a piece of strange

Posted by Sprouse | March 18, 2014 5:06 AM

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