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Never-Before-Heard William Onyeabor Single 'Many Mansions' Resurfaces

Watch the unearthed video for "Many Mansions," the first new music from Nigerian synth-funk mystery man William Onyeabor in over 30 years.


Despite his records getting noteworthy re-releases on Luaka Bop in recent years, there's been no new music heard from 1970s Nigerian synth-funk mystery man William Onyeabor in over thirty years. That is until earlier this month, when a never-before-seen video & song for the religious single "Many Mansions" surfaced on Divine Praise, a Nigerian gospel music youtube channel. That original clip was taken down but, as a site reader tipped us off in a message this week, it's been uploaded again directly from a Nigerian DVD rip. The video for "Many Mansions" is a heavily evangelical affair that features Onyeabor himself leading a gospel choir & singing, bible in hand, about his faith. Watch it below and revisit William Onyeabor's catalog with Luaka Bop's complete 1978-1985 discography.

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News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

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