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Watch The William Onyeabor 'Fantastic Man' Documentary Featuring Femi Kuti, Damon Albarn, Caribou + More

The 'Fantastic Man' William Onyeabor documentary, with Femi Kuti, Damon Albarn + more, dissects the mystery/allure behind Nigeria's electro-synth pioneer.


As we anticipated, the resurged wave that is William Onyea-bop (or Luaka-bor?) mania keeps on growing in the new year. When last we checked in with William Onyeabor champions Luaka Bop, bubbly-funk anthem "Fantastic Man" received a retro-fused rollerdance video. The electro-egotrip now serves as the namesake for a short film about the William Onyeabor legacy. In the 31 minute Fantastic Man documentary, Femi Kuti, Damon Albarn, Dan Snaith (aka Caribou/Daphni), music historian Ed Keazor, Blo's Laolu Akins among other Nigerian vinyl luminaries shed light on the mystery/allure of the pioneering electro-synth legend. Noisey's You Need To Hear This presents the Jake Sumner (Alldayeveryday) directed film, which you can watch in full below.

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Making Music Between the Cracks In Senegal

Navigating mbalax, hip-hop, and afropop, Senegalese artists are sticking together to make their music heard.

Taking a stroll in Dakar is an overwhelming sonic experience. One of the busiest metropolises of West Africa, Senegal's capital is flooded by taxis with lousy tailpipes and drivers who are keen to honk every now and then while cruising long avenues by the seaside. All over the city, several minarets' speaker boxes remind the prayer times throughout the day, adding chants to daily people's chats in different languages and dialects.

At first, it may not seem too different from other big cities in Africa, but one kind of music sets a unique dakarois tone. Whether in a clothing store, having a thieboudienne for lunch or taking a cab, one's ears will be caught by mbalax music.

A new generation of artists wants to bring different sounds to the main stage of the Senegalese arts. They are the likes of the electro-fueled trio Guiss Guiss Bou Bess, the big afrobeat-ish band Sahad & The Nataal Patchwork and the experimentalist sound-maker Ibaaku. He's one of the founders of Kandang, a newly-born platform that aspires to build up a healthy environment that could develop the work of Senegalese musicians through concerts, workshops and promotion.

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