NIGERIA’S WILLIAM ONYEABOR – Fantastic Man

NIGERIA’S WILLIAM ONYEABOR – ‘Fantastic Man’ – the documentary, the music and the concert….

Just discovered this via Noisey. You Need To Hear This is proud to present Fantastic Man’ – a documentary investigating reclusive Nigerian musician William Onyeabor, a man shrouded in mystery and myth. Directed by Jake Sumner (Alldayeveryday) the film 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.

WilliamIf you don’t know this man’s music you need to. Check out ‘World Psychedelic Classic 5 – Who is William Onyeabor?‘ which comes to us via Luaka Bop. William Onyeabor studied cinematography in Russia for many years, returning to Nigeria in the mid-70s to start his own Wilfilms label and set up a music and film studio. He recorded a number of hit songs in Nigeria during the 70s, the biggest was ‘Atomic Bomb’. ‘Better Change Your Mind’ is taken from the same album, and, as well as slating the power-crazed nations of the world, the second half settles into a unique slice of stripped down spacey, lo-fi funk which is unlike any other Nigerian music being made at the time. If you plump for the Triple Vinyl set you get four extra tracks… gwaan, you know it makes sense.

STOP PRESS: This is not a joke… ‘Atomic Bomb – Who is William Onyeabor?’
+ very special guests.
Tuesday 1 April 2014 / 19:30, Barbican Hall
Tickets £17.50 – £25

http://www.barbican.org.uk/
http://williamonyeabor.com/ http://www.alldayeveryday.com/ http://youneedtohearthis.com

About Paul Brad

Freelance journalist / Publisher Editor - Straight No Chaser magazine & From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz: A History Of The UK Jazz dance Scene by Mark 'Snowboy' Cotgrove / Music Fan: Interplanetary Sounds: Ancient to Future / Cultural Event Consultant & Activist / Nei Jia practitioner
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