Relançado pela Luaka Bop, o eletro funk do nigeriano William Onyeabor tem Damon Albarn, Caribou e 2ManyDJs entre seus admiradores. A missão para encontrar o músico e finalmente lançar os discos tornou-se uma verdadeira saga. O sujeito simplesmente resistia a ideia de sequer ser entrevistado para fornecer mais informações sobre o trabalho e dizia que não precisava do dinheiro.
“When Welles arrived in Enugu this summer, the mystery of William Onyeabor deepened. The address he had been given was a dark, disused shop where a suspicious woman asked, bafflingly, “Are you from Russia?”, before agreeing to escort him to Onyeabor’s house on the outskirts of town. To his surprise, it was a three-storey white mansion with a fountain and a 30-year-old silver Mercedes out front. The house was like a time capsule of 1980s luxe, decorated with paintings and chandeliers and containing assorted keyboards and mixing desks. The staircase was lined with paintings of Jesus and photographs of Onyeabor, in traditional Igbo attire, shaking hands with local dignitaries. He was told the house even had its own heliport, though he never saw it.”
O Guardian conta a história em detalhes.
Abaixo, um remix do JD Switch, do Optimo, feito para o projeto.