The Nigerian William Onyeabor, a musician and voice behind the hit Better Change Your Mind from 1978, has died. That says record label Luaka Bop.
Onyeabor died at home on 16 January, but the news became known only after David Byrne’s record label Luaka Bop a message on his Facebook fan page put.
William Onyeabor started his musical career in 1977 and spent nine albums under his own music label Wilfilms Limited. In his funky music was the war is a frequently recurring theme. During his musical career built Onyeabor a reputation as heersense voice in the Nigerian music scene, but in the ’80s stopped Onyeabor with making music to focus more on his business. Then he disappeared out of sight, and he became its mythical allure.
In 2013 he taught the world Onyeabor re-know with the Best of ‘ album Who Is William Onyeabor?, issued by Luaka Bop. A year later there appeared the documentary Fantastic Man, about the life and work of and the myth behind Onyeabor.
That Onyeabor in 2014 managed to inspire, proves to be the Atomic Bomb Band, featuring members of LCD Soundsystem, Sinkane, Money Mark and Hot Chip the music of Onyeabor to the club – and festival translated. Re-read the report from our reviewer on Pukkelpop 2014.