World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? (Luaka Bop, 2013)
Here’s a funky cut courtesy of Continental Drift DJ Claire:
Here’s a classic from Nigeria’s king of funk, William Onyeabor. After releasing 8 albums in the late 70s & early 80s, he apparently ended his career abruptly in favor of becoming a born-again Christian. Little is known of his whereabouts now, but thankfully we have this recently reissued compilation to celebrate Onyeabor’s work.
Today’s track of the day arrives courtesy of Rock Show Producer Harlynn. Here’s what she has to say about her pick:
ESG, which stands for Emerald, Sapphire, and Gold, are the Scroggins sisters. Emerging from the South Bronx in the late 70s to make a name for themselves in the post-punk world, ESG is immortalized through bands’ samplings of their work. Going on what they said would be their final tour in 2012 the chance of seeing them perform live today is slim, but, known for their complex rhythms and majestically funky bass lines, ESG are a bunch of rocking ladies who won’t be forgotten.
To kick off the weekend, here’s an epic track courtesy of Tommy, former Rock DJ/Producer:
Dopesmoker is an hour-long album with a single track by seminal stoner drone metal band Sleep. It’s also a concept album that tells the story of the Weedians’ pilgrimage to the promised land of Jerusalem (the album title on some releases). There are four different album versions, all with this chorus: “Drop out of life with bong in hand / follow the smoke to the riff-filled land.”