LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT: Atomic Bomb – Who Is William Onyeabor?

On Wednesday 2 April Colston Hall is proud to present a very special show…

Atomic Bomb: Who Is William Onyeabor?


Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip)
Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem)
Kele Okereke (Bloc Party)


Money Mark and Sinkane

… and more to be announced

We are very excited to announce this stellar line up of artists for the show dedicated to the great Nigerian synth pioneer William Onyeabor. With more acts to be announced nearer the time , check back for more news in the coming weeks.

One of only two performances in the world, this is the first time ever that Onyeabor’s music is being performed live after David Byrne’s label Luaka Bop released the cult album Who Is William Onyeabor? last year.

Born out of the 70s funk scene, Onyeabor released eight nearly impossible to find albums in Nigeria in the 70s and 80s before becoming a born again Christian and abandoning music.

After a five year search for the man, Luaka Bop released their acclaimed compilation album in 2013. With Onyeabor being praised by the likes of Damon Albarn, Caribou and Four Tet, his influence is already being felt on a generation of artists.

Read Luaka Bop’s story about tracking down the man behind the myth on their blog:

Praise for the album Who Is William Onyeabor?

“Truly before his time” 8/10 Clash

“Ridiculous!” Gilles Peterson

“A fantastic man” The Wire

‘A killer party mix!’ Rolling Stone


William Onyeabor – Good Name

William Onyeabor – Fantastic Man

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