Ghostpoet and Lijadu Sisters added to Atomic Bomb: Who Is William Onyeabor

With just over a week to go the Atomic Bomb: Who is William Onyeabor? lineup keeps on going from strength to strength. In addition to the already impressive lineup, afrobeat soul sisters and identical twins, The Lijadu Sisters, and Mercury Prize nominee Ghostpoet will be taking to the stage.


The musical moniker of Obaro Ejimiwe, Ghostpoet, is one of the most distinctive and forward-thinking artists of the decade. First grabbing the attention of the UK music scene in 2010, with the release of his debut EP ‘The Sound of Strangers’, Ghostpoet featured as The Guardian’s New Band of the Day,  and subsequently bagged a contract with Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings.

The Lijadu Sisters

Afrobeat soul sisters The Lijadu Sisters are identical twins Taiwo and Kehinde Lijadu, who, in 1970’s Nigeria defied convention to become part of the tiny group of female artists who forged independent musical identities. Influenced by the likes of Aretha Franklin and (second cousin) Fela Kuti, they produced a string of punkish, attitude-laden albums which recall Fela Kuti’s funk, with a disco-like pulse and shades of psychodelic rock.

This is a very rare performance from the sisters as they retired from the music scene in the late 80s and refused to give any interviews since then.

Atomic Bomb: Who is William Onyeabor?

One of only two performances in the world, this night is a homage to a musical visionary and the first time that Onyeabor’s music will be performed live.

Born out of the 70s funk scene, Onyeabor released eight nearly impossible to find albums in Nigeria in the 70s and 80s before becoming a born again Christian and abandoning music. After a five year search for the man, David Byrne’s record label Luaka Bop released the much-praised compilation album Who Is William Onyeabor? last year.

Take a listen to ‘Good Name’ here:

Now championed by the likes of Damon Albarn, Four Tet, Caribou, and radio station BBC 6Music, it’s extremely exciting to be able to bring this show to Bristol, a real celebration of a great musical discovery.

To discover more about the mystery and majesty of William Onyeabor, make sure you watch the 30-minute documentary Fantastic Man which is about Luaka Bop’s search for the elusive William Onyeabor:

With more special guests being announced daily this is one show not to miss.


The Lijadu Sisters
Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip)
Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem)
Kele Okereke (Bloc Party)

… and more special guests still to come


Money Mark (keys) and Sinkane


Ahmed Gallab – Guitar and Vocals
Ish Montgomery – Bass
Jonny Lam – Guitar
Jaytram (Jason Trammell) – Drums

Atomic Bomb: Who is William Onyeabor? is at Colston Hall on Wednesday 2nd April