Duke Man Crush Monday: King Sunny Ade

Born on September 22, 1946, in Osogbo, Nigeria, to a Nigerian royal dynasty from Ondo and Akure, Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye MFR, often known as King Sunny Ade or KSA, is an Omoba of the Yoruba people. His mother, Maria Adegeye (née Adesida), was a businessman, while his father was an organist for churches. His mother was a descendant of the Adesida dynasty, which includes her father Oba Adesida I, who governed Akure for 60 years, as well as her nephew and Adé’s cousin, Oba Adebiyi Adegboye Adesida Afunbiowo II. He is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter who performs jùjú in Nigeria.

He is regarded as one of the first African pop musicians to achieve international fame and has been dubbed one of music history’s most important figures.

In 1967, Sunny Adé created his own supporting group, which became known as his African Beats. After achieving national success in Nigeria in the 1970s and starting his own independent label, Sunny Adé signed with Island Records in 1982 and went on to have success internationally with the albums Juju Music in 1982 and Synchro System in 1983. Synchro System earned him a Grammy nomination, a first of its kind for a Nigerian artist. His 1998 album Odu was nominated for a Grammy.

Under the guise of attending the University of Lagos, Sunny Adé left grammar school in Ondo City. His varied musical career thus got its start in Lagos.

The early versions of Sunny Adé’s songs have changed throughout time. He started out in a highlife band called Moses Olaiya’s Federal Rhythm Dandies. In 1967, he disbanded the group to start The Green Spots. Sunny Adé’s band changed its name several times over the years, first to African Beats and later to Golden Mercury, for a variety of factors ranging from modifications to his music to financial considerations.

Tunde Nightingale, a pioneer of juju, influenced King Sunny Ade, who took aesthetic cues from his “So wa mbe” juju style.

A performing arts venue, a cutting-edge recording studio, and accommodation for aspiring artists are all part of the King Sunny Ade Foundation, which he founded.

He has been awarded the Order of the Federal Republic and is a visiting lecturer at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife.

Throughout his career, Sunny Adé has won various honors. AFRIMA awarded him in November 2016; he received it. His induction into the Hard Rock Cafe Hall of Fame took place in December 2016. At The Headies 2020 in February 2021, he was honored with a place in the Headies Hall of Fame.

Read also: Happy Special Day King Sunny Ade!

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