KING SUNNY ADE

African Fusion • Nigeria
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Born September 24, 1946 @ Oshogbo, Osun State Nigeria.

King Sunny Ade came on the scene in 1966 and made his first record in 1967.He became an international star across Africa during the mid-1980s, touring and gaining a significant audience in the United States and Europe as well. He is known as "the Minister of Enjoyment" or "the King Of Juju Music" (Juju is the prime popular music of the yoruba people).

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KING SUNNY ADE Juju Music album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Juju Music
African Fusion 1982
KING SUNNY ADE Synchro System album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Synchro System
African Fusion 1983
KING SUNNY ADE Ajoo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ajoo
African Fusion 1983
KING SUNNY ADE Aura album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Aura
African Fusion 1984
KING SUNNY ADE E Dide (Get Up) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
E Dide (Get Up)
African Fusion 1996
KING SUNNY ADE Odu album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Odu
African Fusion 1998
KING SUNNY ADE Seven Degrees North album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Seven Degrees North
African Fusion 2000

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KING SUNNY ADE The Return of the Juju King album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Return of the Juju King
African Fusion 1987
KING SUNNY ADE The Best Of King Sunny Ade - King of Juju album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of King Sunny Ade - King of Juju
African Fusion 2002
KING SUNNY ADE The Best of the Classic Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of the Classic Years
African Fusion 2003
KING SUNNY ADE Gems From the Classic Years (1967-1974) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gems From the Classic Years (1967-1974)
African Fusion 2007

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KING SUNNY ADE Juju Music

Album · 1982 · African Fusion
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In May 1981, when Bob Marley passed away, it left a huge void in a fast growing market for world beat music. Island records just missed signing Fela Kuti, so they decided to opt for long time Nigerian guitarist/singer King Sunny Ade instead. The early 80s was Ade’s era. Rock and RnB were on the wane with an aging baby boomer crowd and world beat was soaring in popularity due to increased exposure from big name rock stars like Peter Gabriel and Paul Simon. Ade’s early tours of the US and Europe were successful and his record sales were very high for an African artist. Fortunately Ade was far more than a trendy flavor of the month, his music was intricate and sensitive, and was based on centuries of Juju music tradition in Nigeria amongst his Yoruba people.

Describing the music of Sunny Ade is not easy. Despite sporting a huge 20 person ensemble, Ade’s music remains extremely delicate and light, like many intertwining silk threads that make a colorful tapestry. The five guitarists and eight percussionists interweave careful syncopated lines that keep the beat moving forward in a shifting kaleidoscope of small sounds. Along with this syncopated backdrop, Ade and his band add floating psychedelic melodies on the steel guitar, colorful synth accents, echoed guitar riffs and spaced out dubbing effects. In other words, Ade brings the richness of the Juju music tradition up to the modern age through very tasteful use of electronics. Tasteful is the key word here, because Ade never lets the electronic effects trample the delicacy of the original music. This is important because Ade’s deal with Island would end after a few more records because Sunny would not agree to westernize his music.

This record was very popular with the fast growing dub crowd in the early 80s. I’m surprised Ade’s Island records didn’t get a second life with the fans of retro electronica/grooves, this music deserves another rebirth. Juju music is designed to cast a spell, or Ogede, give this record a listen and I think you will find that easy to believe.

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