Moog and Luaka Bop are thrilled to present a preview of the William Onyeabor remix series featuring covers and remixes by artists such as Joakim, Scientist, and Daphini. The project began to take shape last spring when Luaka Bop caught wind of rumors that Onyeabor was a Moog retailer in Nigeria. Information on Onyeabor has always been scarce, but it was clear this “fantastic man” was a tragically under-cited electronic music pioneer, whose importance to the history of the genre should be universally recognized.
“When we visited Mr. Onyeabor in Nigeria this summer,” said Luaka Bop manager Eric Welles-Nystrom, “it was amazing to see that he still has many of his old Moogs, and, mind-blowing to hear him pronounce their name ‘Mogghh’, like everyone at the Moog factory in North Carolina. Though Mr. Onyeabor doesn’t say much, he used the word ‘delighted’ when we explained the partnership to him.”
“We are delighted to support Luaka Bop’s William Onyeabor adventure, which is one of the most exciting projects we’ve been part of in the past few years,” added Emmy Parker, Moog’s senior marketing and brand manager. “Our sound is recognizable from London to Lagos and we are proud that creative musicians like William Onyeabor have incorporated our instruments into the great music they are making. ”
"I’m very impressed by the amount of passion and energy put forth by Luaka Bop on this" said french producer Joakim "I think that’s the main reason why I, and a lot of people got involved with the project, because of his amazing music, and people working with lots of passion to make this legend more known by the public."