Now Listening : William Onyeabor

The Nigerian musician William Onyeabor aka the “fantastic man”  is a man shrouded in mystery and myth. William is a funk musician from Nigeria born in 1945 or 1946. His songs are often heavily rhythmic and synthesised, occasionally epic in scope, with lyrics decrying war sung by both Onyeabor himself and female backing vocalists.

The Documentary below directed by Jake Sumner tells the story of a label’s attempt to track William down, speaking to fans such as Damon Albarn, Caribou and Femi Kuti and travelling to Nigeria to meet those who’ve worked with him in a bid to uncover the truth about his story.


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