So elusive, so important to hear from him – even news of fresh material. However, the pre-amble with Lauren Laverne (BBC Six presenter) seems to suggest that most of the interview was fairly abstract, limited in duration, as well as fairly crackly. It’s a shame, but continues to add to the enigmatic quality of the artist and is very much in keeping with the marketing and promotion of Onyeabor by David Byrne’s fantastic (otherwise) label. Would be so good to hear more from this man.
In relation to new material, the gospel channel supposedly hosting a new song from Onyeabor can be found on YouTube. However, links to the specific song have been disabled. Rumours are abound online discussing the song, but how long was this song hosted for? Has Onyeabor fed his fans a red herring to attract them to this channel? He is now a man of God after all and gave a brief religious message at the end of the 30 minute Luaka Bop documentary released in 2014. In that, Onyeabor appeared briefly (literally a few seconds) and played a recorded message. The figure presenting the recording was purported to be Onyeabor, but viewers never heard him speak directly or got a good look at him. Together with this brief interview, It only adds further to the mystery! To see and hear a flavour of gospel from Nigeria click for WT’s West Africa page here.
Probably only around for a limited time, to listen to Onyeabor on the phone: Click here