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Icon and master William Onyeabor has died, aged 70

Icon and master William Onyeabor has died, aged 70

William Onyeabor has passed away at the age of 70.

The influential Nigerian musician, synonymous with synth-funk, released nine albums through the late seventies to the early nineties, then distanced himself from music.

A statement released by David Byrne’s record label Luaka Bop announced the news, describing him as “the great Nigerian business leader and mythic music pioneer”, it explained that Onyeabor died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Enugu, Nigeria after a short illness.

“William Onyeabor would never speak about himself and for a long time refused many of the interview requests that came his way,” continues the statement. “Having become Born Again in the latter part of life, he only wanted to speak about God.

"We would like to send our deepest condolences to his family and thank each and every one of you who has helped share the love for his music around the world.”

Rest in Peace.

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