World Psychedelic Classics, Vol. 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? Image
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  • Summary: The collection of songs from Nigerian funk singer who renounced his career after becoming a born-again Christian in the 1980s is part of Luaka Bop's World Psychedelic Classics series.
  • Record Label: Luaka Bop
  • Genre(s): R&B, International, West African, African Traditions, Afro-Pop, Post-Disco, Nigerian
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
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  1. Dec 11, 2013
    90
    Who Is William Onyeabor? may not answer many biographical questions, but it does paint a superb portrait of the musician as a highly original creator and pioneer; it adds depth and dimension to the picture we have of African music during the era.
  2. Dec 11, 2013
    86
    Who is William Onyeabor? doesn't provide any answers its own posited question, but the mystery and wonder of the man’s music remains intact.
  3. Dec 11, 2013
    80
    The hard-won fruits of this album have been worth it.
  4. Dec 11, 2013
    80
    A riot of synth squelches, bleeps and wibbles threaten to derail the music yet never quite do; indeed, repeated listens to the likes of Love Is Blind reveal a wealth of riches hidden among the dense patchwork of sounds.
  5. Dec 11, 2013
    80
    Effervescent retro fun with a core of righteousness. [Nov 2013, p.66]
  6. Dec 11, 2013
    70
    The catalog gets cherry-picked here for a killer party mix that combines Fela Kuti's extended-groove trance states and soulman call-and-response vocals with old-school drum machines and synths.
  7. The very home-made, amateur-sounding production, coupled with what was obviously a fully formed musical vision, carries great charm and will appeal to fans of Scottish indie jazz weirdo Bill Wells as much as funkers, although only the first two of eight tracks excel.

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