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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

William Onyeabor, cult Nigerian musician, has died aged 70

The enigmatic electro-funk pioneer, who released nine albums between 1977 and 1985 before distancing himself from music, has died peacefully at home

William Onyeabor, groundbreaking synth funk musician, has died at the age of 70.

The Nigerian artist died on 16 January, according to a statement released by David Byrne’s record label Luaka Bop. Describing him as “the great Nigerian business leader and mythic music pioneer”, the statement explained that Onyeabor died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Enugu, Nigeria, following a short illness.

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