William Onyeabor was a brilliant funk musician from Nigeria in the 1970s, whose life and music has only become more intriguing since he dropped out of the public eye in the mid-1980s. Luaka Bop eventually found the reclusive singer to get his permission to release last year's compilation, World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? But the man remains uninterested in fame or revealing much of what he's been up to for the past few decades. Instead, it's left to David Byrne and a cast of heavies that includes Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor and Bloc Party's Kele Okereke to reinvent Onyeabor's synth-heavy, slinky melodies tonight. Augmenting the big names is a very rare appearance by the Lijadu Sisters, harmonizing Nigerian twins who emerged from a lengthy retirement for this tour.
Thu., May 8, 8 p.m., 2014
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