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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Watch: David Byrne and the Atomic Bomb Band Play William Onyeabor's "Fantastic Man" on the Tonight Show

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 1:17 PM

click to enlarge Byrne wearing a William Onyeabor-model cowboy hat.
  • Byrne wearing a William Onyeabor-model cowboy hat.

Maybe you saw our music feature this week about William Onyeabor, the mysterious, briliant Nigerian synth-funk artist whose music will be the focus of a special concert at the Warfield this Tuesday, May 6. Ex-Talking Head David Byrne will be performing then, along with LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, and members of Sinkane. Last night, the whole crew appeared on the Jimmy Fallon-helmed Tonight Show, busting out cowboy hats, synthesizers and background vocalists for a spirited take on Onyeabor fave "Fantastic Man." It's a delightful preview of what's in store for this week's concert -- and an excellent audio/visual companion to our story this week. Check out below, but maybe warn the coworkers that you'll soon be standing up at your desk, dancing.

You can see this in person on Tuesday, May 6, at the Warfield. We think you'd be wise to do so -- read why here.

-- @iPORT

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