Song of the Day: William Onyeabor “Fantastic Man”


Luaka Bop records just released a limited two-volume box set containing every record Nigerian funk synthesist William Onyeabor ever released. It would take a lifetime to find the original records (and a lot of coin), so picking this up is a no-brainer if you dig his tunes. He’s got a truly unique sound — lots and lots of synths, simple — but very thoughtful (and often funny) lyrics, bizarre electro funk drum machine rhythms, and original song writing. Check obvious career highlight “Fantastic Man” for all the proof you need.

The story of David Byrne’s label Luaka Bop finding Onyeabor and releasing his tunes is almost as good as the tunes themselves. Watch the amazing 30-minute documentary by Noisey below.

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