Tribute to William Onyeabor

hi there suckers! I dont have much to mention here, as you probably know whats up here. A tribute to the man from Enugu, Nigeria.
The name Enugu comes from the two Igbo words enu Ugwu, or Top of the hill. Known for many things but for us only counts a place that spawned some serious synth records as it was also the place of Goddy Oku's Godiac Studio. In companionship of a collection of synths like Moog and Elka, William Onyeabor created from end 70's a rare collection of tracks on his own Wilfims label that is unlike anything else coming from Africa or even the whole world at that time. Under the influence of plunky spacy lo-fi funk and some fine (never credited) female vocals William Onyeabor gave fans his moral advice and wisdom for a better tomorrow that never came.

Anything You Sow
One early morning, I went to pray to my God in Heaven
And I asked God why we are suffering so much in this world
My God said to me. "My son, listen well............
If you plant cassava, expect cassava during your harvest my son
If you sow yam, expect yam during your harvest my child
If you plant trouble, expect trouble during your harvest my son
If you sow goodness, expect goodness during your harvest my child"
Anything you sow.......... you will reap during harvest, my people.

Today Chief Onyeabor still lives in Enugu picking the keys once ina while for the love of god and still for a better tomorrow.
So here it is; Tribute to the King of Enugu.

Tribute to the King of Enugu 1:26:18
0:00:00 William Onyeabor - This Kind Of World
LP Anything You Sow 1985 Wilfilms Records WLP 033
0:06:05 William Onyeabor - Love Me Now
LP Tomorrow 1979 Wilfilms Records WRLP 1003
0:13:00 N'Draman-Blintch - Saigner-L'Afrique
LP Cikamele' 1979 Cosmic Sounds CSLP2
0:20:55 William Onyeabor - Good Name
LP Good Name 1983 Wilfilms Records WLP 30
0:29:54 William Onyeabor - When The Going Is Smooth & Good
LP Anything You Sow 1985 Wilfilms Records WLP 033
0:40:55 N'Draman-Blintch - I First "U" Last
LP Cikamele' 1979 Cosmic Sounds CSLP2
0:49:03 William Onyeabor - Heaven And Hell
LP Crashes In Love 1977 Wilfilms Records WRLP 1001
0:52:46 William Onyeabor - Great Lover
LP Great Lover 1981 Wilfilms Records WLP 1010
0:58:25 William Onyeabor - Body And Soul
LP In Body & Soul 1980 Wilfilms Records WRLPS 1007
1:06:45 William Onyeabor - Atomic Bomb
LP Atomic Bomb 1978 Wilfilms Records WRLP 1002
1:17:10 William Onyeabor - Tomorrow
LP Tomorrow 1979 Wilfilms Records WRLP 1003
1:22:25 William Onyeabor - Crashes
LP Crashes In Love 1977 Wilfilms Records WRLP 1001


Otis said...

hot daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn!!!


Rishi said...

I love you Dailyleftover.
I dind't know Mr Onyeabor, what a discovery...


i don't care said...

thank you so much. it's really hard to find music by william onyeabor but every time I find a new song I fall in love with it. It's a crime that none of his albums have been reissued.

mikima said...

that's grat. i was seraching tracks from this author. is it possible to have all his songs?

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx said...

this mix is incredible!..my girlfriend and i have been jamming it all summer..we also have a tape label that's puts out mixtapes..would love to put out this Onyeabor mix in a small run..please let me know if you are interested..


Massive Sigh said...

Please repost this my friend. I've been searching for more music by this man to no avail.

dailyleftover said...


dailyleftover said...

WO compilation coming
October2011 on Luaka Bop

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