Dubbed Nigeria’s King of Juju Music, Sunday Adegeye, popularly known as King Sunny Ade (KSA), is 74 years.
Sunny Ade was recently described by National President of the Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN) Casmir Obi in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as a music icon, whose exhibition on various instruments, had made juju music unique, even beyond the shores of Nigeria.
The Ondo born juju maestro is a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MON), two-time Grammy Award Nominee, and holder of an AFRIMA Award.
Sunny Ade undoubtedly is one of the most influential musicians with over five decades in the industry. He boosts of about 120 albums so far.
Sunny Ade is a multi-instrumentalist- guitar, vibraphone, clarinet, talking drum, a tenor guitar he is there with his melodious voice
KSA Background: Wikipedia Profile
Adé was born in Osogbo to a Nigerian royal family from Ondo and Akure, thus making him an Omoba of the Yoruba people. His father was a church organist, while his mother, Maria Adegeye (née Adesida), was a trader. As a member of the Adesida dynasty, his mother’s relatives included her father Oba Adesida I (who ruled Akure for 60 years) and would later include her nephew and Adé’s cousin, Oba Adebiyi Adegboye Adesida Afunbiowo II, a future king of Akure.
Adé left grammar school in Ondo City under the pretense of going to the University of Lagos. It was thus in Lagos that his mercurial musical career began.
Sunny Adé’s musical sound has evolved from the early days. His career began with Moses Olaiya’s Federal Rhythm Dandies, a highlife band. He left to form a new band, The Green Spots, in 1967. Over the years, for various reasons ranging from changes in his music to business concerns, Sunny Adé’s band changed its name several times, first to African Beats and then to Golden Mercury.
King Sunny was influenced by Juju pioneer Tunde Nightingale and borrowed stylistic elements from his ‘So wa mbe’ style of juju.
He founded the King Sunny Ade Foundation, an organization that includes a performing arts center, a state of the art recording studio, and housing for young musicians.
He is a visiting lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and recipient of the Order of the Federal Republic.
A hearty congratulations from us here at Vantage News. Age with abundant grace KSA