Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Best Place For Comfort

William Onyeabor : Heaven and Hell

In 1977 Nigerian electro-funk pioneer William Onyeabor released his debut album, Crashes In Love. It was the first of eight albums he released on his own label in southeast Nigeria, all prized by collectors. Some of the drum beats are simply sensational.

David Byrne, who's Luaka Bop label released a collection of Onyeabor's,  wrote this about Onyeabor in January of 2017, shortly after the musician's death:

His surprising (no other African musician was recording synthesizers then—or, in my mind, creating anything that sounded similar) recordings, his conscious lyrics and messages and his entrepreneurial ambitions (up until selling them late last year, he had his own vinyl mastering and pressing machines!) were all way ahead of their time. He continues to inspire musicians and fans around the world.

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