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William Onyeabor was born outside Enugu, a small, rural town in Eastern Nigeria, he created his own genre of African electronic funk in the late 70s and early 80s, making music completely unique for his time. Today, he is reaching cult status among a growing list of admirers, including everyone from Damon Albarn and Hot Chip to Carl Craig and Madlib, with some likening him to the Kraftwerk of West Africa, or a precursor to LCD Soundsystem.
Among the crate-digging few that knew of him, he is considered a complete myth. While he has never performed live and almost never given interviews, his fantastical biography is scattered and has to this day not been verified. And, though he is still alive, he refuses to speak about anything regarding the past.
According to various rumors, he left home following the Biafran War and went to study cinematography in the Soviet Union, returning in the mid-70s to start his own film company and record label, Wilfilms. He then self-released eight remarkable records from 1978-1985. He wrote and produced everything on his own, and possibly played every instrument himself. Then, at some point of his life, he became born again and denounced his earlier music, deciding it is something he would never speak about.
Now for the first time, more than 30 years after original release, William Onyeabor’s original albums will once again be available. Though we choose a lot of the most wonderful of Onyeabor’s tracks for last years release of our the Who Is William Onyeabor compilation, there were many great ones we didn’t have room for. And of course some people just want the original albums or want to give someone a box set. Onyeabor released 8 albums with one of them, Crashes in Love, in two different forms, (so that makes 9). The sets come with lots of really nice little booklets and each has a 45 with a really great remix on one side, (by Man Tear in Box 1 and Peaking Lights in Box 2). We worked pretty hard on them and hope you oooo and ahhh when one of these lands in your clutchs. The Lp boxes are limited to 3000 copies. Box 1 has 5 lps and Box 2 has 4 lps. The CD box has all 9 releases. There is no download version but there is a download card with the LP’s.
Box set 2 includes: Good Name, Crashes in Love (version 2), Body and Soul, Hypertension, Poster, 16 page Booklet by Michael Rubin, Download Card, 45 of ‘Body and Soul’ by Peaking Lights
More info here: http://williamonyeabor.com/boxset/