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The Music Of William Onyeabor Live On The Tonight Show

The 'Atomic Bomb' band with David Byrne, Sinkane, the Lijadu Sisters and more perform William Onyeabor classic 'Fantastic Man' live on The Tonight Show.


Three decades after the fact, the music of William Onyeabor has officially reached late night television audiences. Last night the Atomic Bomb band hit The Tonight Show to perform their rendition of Onyeabor's funky-synth anthem "Fantastic Man." Decked in Onyeabor's signature cowboy hat look, the live tribute supergroup ensemble brought the sort of bubbly spirit we've grown to expect from Who Is William Onyeabor mania. Luaka Bop founder and Talking Heads frontman David Byrne led the non-egotistical ego trip along with the Lijadu Sisters on the mics up front, musical director Sinkane and a bouncy Money Mark on keys, and LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney on drums. The Tonight Show performance comes in the lead-up to the stateside premiere of ATOMIC BOMB! The Music Of William Onyeabor, a two-night live spectacle in tribute to the music of the Nigerian synth-funk "mystery man." If you're in NYC, catch the Atomic Bomb band at BAM this weekend as a part of Red Bull Music Academy New York or head to Luaka Bop for details on the San Francisco (5/6) and L.A. (5/8) shows.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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