The music of Nigeria’s reclusive synth funk innovator William Onyeabor has reached a new level of exposure via Luaka Bop’s excellent Who Is William Onyeabor? compilation last year, yet many hard facts about Onyeabor’s biography remain elusive. In their new documentary “Fantastic Man,” Noisey speaks with musicians and champions of Onyeabor’s music, including our own Quinton Scott and Duncan Brooker who included the sublime “Better Change Your Mind” on the first Nigeria 70 compilation, about their appreciation for his music, and the search for the facts about his life.
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- web store, we thought we'd take the opportunity to put together something special to celebrate this release, and to make the music available once again on vinyl. This definitive reissue features the original LP remastered and pressed on 180g triple vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. The package comes with the full 2CD edition of the album and a copy of the Nigeria 70 audio documentary, unavailable since the original CD issue (also as download as soon as the package is shipped). Narrated by Wunmi with commentary by the late Nigerian academic "Elder" Steve Rhodes, this one-hour piece is an essential snapshot of the 1970s Lagos scene and the cultural and political context from many of the key players of the time. It includes interviews with Ginger Baker, Fela Kuti, Ebenezer Obey, Segun Bucknor, Joni Haastrup of Monomono and many more. Nigeria 70 - The Definitive LP Edition on the Strut web store Digital Download (STRUT044CDX) Welcome To Nigeria - Introduction: Welcome to Nigeria Nigeria 70 Documentary - Interlude Nigeria 70 Documentary - Highlife Time Fela Kuti, Tony Allen and Ginger Baker - Fela Kuti, Tony Allen and Ginger Baker Voices of the People - Voices of the people: social commentary, critical statement and satire Charlie Dark - Charlie Dark: 'Nigeria 70' poem Vinyl (STRUT044LP) Orlando Julius & The Afro Sounders - Alo Mi Alo (Parts 1 & 2) Segun Bucknor & His Revolution - La La La Lijadu Sisters - Orere Elejigbo Peter King - Shango Sahara All Stars Band Jos - Enjoy Yourself Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa 70 - Jeun Ko Ku (Chop ‘N’ Quench) Tunji Oyelana & The Benders - Ifa Ofo The Black Company - Allah Wakbarr The Funkees - Dancing Time Monomono - Tire Loma Da Nigbehin Bala Miller & The Great Music Pirameeds Of Afrika - Ikon Allah Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestroes - Akuyan Ekassa Shina Williams & His African Percussionists - Agboju Logun Gasper Lawal - Kita Kita Sunny Ade & His African Beats - Ja Fun Mi (Instrumental)">