Recommends: Fantastic Man - A Film About William Onyeabor

Who is William Onyeabor?

While Nigeria was popping with highlife and afrobeat, Onyeabor turned the other way, making the most out to lunch funky synth music. Aside from these futurist legacies, the man is a mystery. Alive and well, he refuses to discuss his past, while speculation ranges from him being a Russian-based film scholar to a law graduate from Oxford. Coinciding with the latest compilation of his fruits on Luaka Bop, Caribou, Damon Alburn, Martyn Ware, Femi Kuti and a cast of musicologists share their observations to try and piece together this lost story. Thankfully Bono, the token music doco talking head, gets zero screen time.

March 6, 2014 at 5:40pm in recommends


 

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