William Onyeabor spoke about his newest LP in his first radio interview with BBC Radio 6. Throughout the past week, BBC Radio 6 aired a series of segments from elusive electronic artist William Onyeabor’s first radio interview conducted by Lauren Laverne. In the interview, Onyeabor discusses his plans for a new album to be released by Luaka Bop. “I’m sending out another LP now, but this time around I’m talking strictly about Jesus Christ. It will come to you through my men from the U.S., from New York [Luaka Bop],” he said. This interview comes at an exciting time for Onyeabor, whose complete discography box set was named “Best New Reissue” with a 9.0-rating from Pitchfork. Onyeabor is a bit of a mystery to the music world. Following the eight albums Onyeabor self-released between 1978 and 1985, he became a born-again Christian, refusing to speak about himself or his music again.
In continuation of David Byrne’s Luaka Bop record label’s 25th anniversary, the entire catalogue of William Onyeabor will be released on Nov. 18. The two-part box set captures the synth-funk pioneer’s work from 1978 to 1985. The set also includes previously unreleased remixes by Peaking Lights on “Body and Soul” and Man Tear on “Love Me Now.”
The futuristic Afro-punk sounds of "Atomic Bomb! Who is William Onyeabor?" will make an appearance in Central Park Oct. 4 for the Modern Sky Festival as part of record label Luaka Bop’s 25th birthday party.