MPFree: William Onyeabor - Good Name
Ashley Team Laverne
Today's free music download is a biggie! Yesterday on the show, we were asking just who on Earth was William Onyeabor? And today, we're playing another track from the great, but mysterious and widely bootlegged, Nigerian artist.
His story draws comparisons with Rodriguez; an artist lost in the wilderness unaware of his own success. His obscure recordings from the '70s and '80s have picked up fans from Four Tet to Damon Albarn. but nobody knows what really happened to the great man. He apparently became a born-again Christian refusing to speak about himself or his music ever again. Some say he then studied cinematography in Russia, some say he started his own film company, others claim that he became a lawyer after studying in the UK. The Luaka Bop imprint tried has been trying to locate him for the last 18 months, but to no avail, but at least we still have this.