Editors’ Notes William Onyeabor is something of a mystery. Here’s what we do know: between the mid-‘70s and mid-‘80s, he released a string of albums that married the best of American funk with Nigerian pop, using a small army of now-vintage synthesizers to do it. Rediscovered by crate-diggers, his ticky-tacky songs sound prescient—and quite relevant—today, frequently straying into the 10-minute range and showing their African roots in their tendency to build intensity through repetition. Start with “Atomic Bomb” and “Fantastic Man” for a wildly funky ride.

SONG
Body and Soul
1
10:08
 
Atomic Bomb
2
7:59
 
Good Name
3
10:05
 
Something You Will Never Forget
4
10:07
 
Why Go to War
5
9:04
 
Love Is Blind
6
7:48
 
Heaven and Hell
7
4:03
 
Let's Fall in Love
8
7:19
 
Fantastic Man
9
6:26
 

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