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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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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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