Wednesday, September 23, 2020

King Sunny Ade turns 74


Legendary Nigerian juju singer, King Sunny , has turned 74. Born , Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye, the Member of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is a multi-award- winning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist . He is regarded as one of the first African pop musicians to gain international success and fame .

He is known for his longevity in the Nigerian music scene , fluid dance moves, boundless stage energy and vast collaborative variety .

Born in Osogbo to a Nigerian royal family in Ondo and Akure , his father was a church organist , while his mother , Maria Adegeye ( née Adesida) , was a trader .

King Sunny Ade ’ s music is characterised by , among other instruments, the talking drum and the guitar.

His music is in the age -old tradition of singing poetic lyrics , ewi and praise-singing of dignitaries as well as components of juju .

KSA introduced the pedal steel guitar , synthesizers , clavinet, vibraphone, tenor guitar into the juju music repertoire.

He noted that he used these instruments not as an attempt to innovate , but as a substitute for traditional jùjú instruments which were too difficult to find or impractical for touring.

The pedal steel guitar , for instance , was added to his repertoire as a sound - alike for an African violin , Wikipedia states .

Sunny Ade has collaborated with major artists such as Manu Dibango and Stevie Wonder as well as younger Nigerian artists such as Wasiu Alabi Pasuma and Bola Abimbola .

Also , his brief recordings with Island Records opened the floodgates for other world music artists like Senegalese Youssou N ’ Dour, Mali ’ s Salif Keita and many others .

In the 1980s KSA embarked on a career in Hollywood. His music was featured in the 1983 film Breathless , starring Richard Gere , the 1986 comedy; One More Saturday Night , and Robert Altman’ s 1987 comedy O . C. and Stiggs .

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