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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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Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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