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The Holmes Brothers Play Live; Author Daniel Alarcón Picks Three; 'Who Is William Onyeabor?'

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Friday, April 25, 2014

The Luaka Bop compilation 'Who Is William Onyeabor?' is out now. The Luaka Bop compilation 'Who Is William Onyeabor?' is out now. (Courtesy of the artist)

In this episode: The legendary R&B and blues rock band The Holmes Brothers plays songs from their brand new album, Brotherhood, in the Soundcheck studio.

Then: The most recent novel from Daniel Alarcon, At Night We Walk In Circles, was named on many year-end best-of lists in 2013. The Peruvian-born, Alabama-raised, San Francisco-based author was recently named one of the best 20 Writers Under 40 by The New Yorker. But he's also a music fan, and shares this three-song playlist of a few of his favorite tracks. 

And: William Onyeabor released eight albums between 1977 and 1985. But, since then, the Nigerian musician has dropped off the map and we know next to nothing about him. But now this ultra-rare music is getting a new spotlight thanks to Eric Welles-Nystrom of the record label Luaka Bop, who helped assemble the recent compilation, Who Is William Onyeabor?, and Sinkane's Ahmed Gallab, who is one of the music directors of two upcoming tribute shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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Daniel Alarcón, The Holmes Brothers, Sinkane and Eric Welles-Nystrom

Pick Three: Daniel Alarcón

The most recent novel from Daniel Alarcon, At Night We Walk In Circles, was named on many year-end best-of lists in 2013. The Peruvian-born, Alabama-raised, San Francisco-based author was recently named one of the best 20 Writers Under 40 by The New Yorker. But he's also a music fan, and shares this three-song playlist of a few of his favorite tracks.

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William Onyeabor: An Elusive Nigerian Funk Genius Has His Moment

William Onyeabor released eight albums between 1977 and 1985. But the Nigerian musician dropped off the musical map, and we still know next to nothing about him. Now his ultra-rare music is getting a new spotlight thanks to a recent compilation by Eric Welles-Nystrom, of the record label Luaka Bop, and Sinkane's Ahmed Gallab, who is one of the music directors of two upcoming tribute shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

 

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