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William Onyeabor Talks With The BBC In His First Ever Radio Interview

Nigerian funk/synth musician William Onyeabor sits down with the BBC's Lauren Laverne for his first ever radio interview.


Just a few months after David Byrne's record label Luaka Bop presented Atomic Bomb! Who is William Onyeabor at Central Park and subsequently released Nigerian funk/synth melder Onyeabor's entire discography, the man himself sits down with the BBC's Lauren Laverne for his first ever radio interview. Proceeding in installments each day this week, the talk covers his affection for music, his reasons for leaving it, and his artistic heroes, amongst other subjects. In this first excerpt, the musician-turned-industrialist tells Laverne of his musical origins, as well as the genesis of his equipment-decked recording studio. Speaking by phone from his home in Enugu, Nigeria, Onyeabor mentions his "humble" beginnings in which he "was fighting to survive" and says that he eventually made his way to Stockholm, Sweden where he learned "record manufacturing techniques" and discovered that he wanted to make music that "will help the world, the way it counts." Listen to this bit of Laverne's extended interview with Onyeabor below in which he also mentions plans to play again and new music that he's making. Keep posted for more coverage of it as it airs throughout the week.

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Spotlight: Expression is Synonymous With Exploring in Khulekani Cele’s Art Pieces

Durban fine artist Khulekani Cele's abstract style of painting stems from his penchant for exploration.

In our 'Spotlight' series, we highlight the work of photographers, visual artists, multimedia artists and more who are producing vibrant, original work. In our latest piece, we spotlight 27-year-old Durban-based fine artist Khulekani Cele. He's known for his abstract style of painting covering such themes as stereotypes, perception, gender and identity. A proponent of education, Cele holds an honours degree in visual arts from the Durban University of Technology. The freedom to create is evident in his work where different paint strokes overlap one another.

When did you start painting?

When I was young I used to get a beating at home for writing and drawing on walls with charcoal and leaves. When I think about it now I believe that I have been creative since I was born. However, painting is one of the art mediums that, in general, is defined as applying paint to the surface using a brush or tool of your choice. Therefore, I professionally started the painting medium in 2012 when I was enrolling for my fine art course at the Durban University of Technology.

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