Today September 22 we stand in ovation of Africa’s living legend King Sunny Ade!
Joining the host of imminent personalities around the world celebrating the undisputed King of Juju, King Sunny Ade is Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari.
In his message contained in a statement issued by Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity on Wednesday, September 21, Buhari said; “Buhari joins all friends, family and fans of the multi-talented instrumentalist, songwriter and dancer in celebrating his remarkable life, which has been graced with numerous awards for outstanding performances, including nominations for the Grammy.”
Buhari added that the Septuagenarian had over the years brought pride to his country by mastering his art against all odds, taking the African musical genre to the global stage. He, therefore, commended him for not only bringing joy to many hearts and homes through his music, but for serving as an inspiration and a mentor to upcoming artistes. The President saluted “King Sunny Ade’s love for humanity, especially the less privileged, by setting up a foundation that caters for the needs of others.’’
Iconic Nigerian musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist King Sunny Ade was born to a royal family in 1946 in Oshogbo, to a church pianist and a trader.
Early in life, King Sunny Ade left school to pursue a career in music and in the mid-’60s, he begun performing with top Juju star Moses Olaiya’s Federal Rhythm Dandies as a guitarist. By 1967 he had formed his own band, known as the Green Spots and his first recorded single, “Challenge Cup,” which celebrated a local soccer team’s championship became a national hit, thereby establishing his name in hearts of Nigerians.
In 1974, King Sunny Ade launched his own record label where most of his recordings in Nigeria has been released But it didn’t stop there for the legend as gradually he began attracting attention in the western world when three of his albums — Juju Music, Synchro System, and Aura — were released in the early ’80s on the Mango label.
He received further acclaim following his Grammy-nominated 1998 release, Odu, and 2000’s Seven Degrees North.
Gracing stages all round the world from then till, now decades later, King Sunny Ade is no doubt waxing stronger and stronger.
Happy 70th birthday KSA! Long live the legend!