Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) is a five-week series of workshops and concerts, held in a different international city each year. Due to the overwhelming response to RBMA 2013, held in NYC, RBMA will be returning to NYC annually for a festival programmed to run the entire month of May.
The NYC 2014 lineup included a special two-night tribute to William Onyeabor, the mysterious and reclusive Nigerian synth-funk pioneer. ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor featured musical direction by Ahmed Gallab (Sinkane), and performances by David Byrne, Money Mark (Beastie Boys), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Luke Jenner (the Rapture), Devonté Hynes (Blood Orange), the Lijadu Sisters, and Joshua Redman.
Philadelphia-based, Nigerian-American artist Odili Donald Odita created the artwork for this star-studded weekend event. His vibrant, colorful design was paired with RBMA’s signature black-and-white text on one of the busiest intersections in Williamsburg, Brooklyn–just down the street from the world-famous Knitting Factory music venue.