Listen: Mystery Man William Onyeabor Remains an Enigma, But Man is He Funky

Cover of the new compilation album on Luaka Bop

William Onyeabor is a mystery man, even to the folks at Luaka Bop, who have just released World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who is William Onyeabor?, which collects tracts from the eight albums released by the Nigerian Igbo singer/songwriter between 1977 and 1985.

Onyeabor doesn’t do interviews or tour, and even his record company can’t get any information about him.

Mystery man.

Based on the tracks below, William Onyeabor makes a strange, infectious funk and has a compelling voice that doesn’t really remind me of anyone

THere’s a fascinating story about William Onyeabor in today’s New York Times.

And there’s a review of the album at Pitchfork.

William Onyeabor, “Good Name”

William Onyeabor, “Better Change Your Mind”

Cool promo video from Luaka Bop:

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