Atomic Bomb! The Music Of William Onyeabor Live With David Byrne, Sinkane, The Lijadu Sisters, Dev Hynes + More
Atomic Bomb! The Music Of William Onyeabor hit NYC as a part of RBMA with David Byrne, Sinkane, the Lijadu Sisters, Money Mark, Hot Chip, Dev Hynes + more.
As promised, Luaka Bop's Atomic Bomb! The Music Of William Onyeabor hit stateside this weekend as a part of Red Bull Music Academy NYC at BAM. Far more than a concert, the live tribute was a 2-hour incarnation of one of our favorite releases of the past year — a larger-than-life realization of everything we've come to know and love from Onyeabor mania right before our eyes. The sermon of reimagined electro-synth fittingly began with words from NYC street preacher Rufus Cannon before the Atomic Bomb! band launched into a tantric-funk rendition of album opener "Body And Soul." Musical director Ahmed Gallab of Sinkane started on the mic backed by the full Atomic Bomb! house band, featuring a very bouncy and delightful Money Mark on the keys, Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem) and Jay Tram on the drums, a crowd-pleasing percussion section with Lekan Babalola and talking-drum player Kofo the Wonderman, bassist Ish Montgomery, and guitarist Jonny Lam. One song in and the three-tiered BAM opera house was on its toes.