William Onyeabor, electronic funk & disco legend, has died aged 70, TheCable Lifestyle can report.


The Nigerian singer-songwriter who was active in the music scene between 1977 and 1985, died on Monday, January 16.

Charles Onyeabor says his father died “peacefully on his bed, in his palace” in Enugu state, where he was high chief.

Onyeabor’s last album Anything you Saw was released in 1985. He was signed first to Luaka Bop records, and later to Wilfilms.


After releasing his last record, he soon thereafter became born again and quit the music scene.

He has remained reclusive and out of the public sphere since then.

A 31-minute documentary entitled Fantastic Man was released by music website Noisey, in 2014.


The documentary depicts Onyeabor’s works, history, and legacy.

That same year, a concert “Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor” was held in his honour at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, U.S.

Onyeabor was famous for releasing hits such as Body & Soul and When the going is smooth & good.

Charles, who is based in Italy, said he would soon be flying back to Nigeria.


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