Nigeria’s Music Legend, King Sunny Ade Turns 70

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African music icon and Juju exponent, King Sunny Ade was a year older on Thursday, September 22, 2016.

The veteran singer and guitarist, who is one of Africa’s biggest exports to the global music scene, hits the BIG 70 today.

A few weeks ago, he spoke to Thenetng on his plans to celebrate saying, ‘I started my birthday celebrations on September 1, 2016 with a special prayer from Pastor Adeboye‘.

Born Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye to a royal family in Ondo on September 22, 1946, KSA left home after his secondary school education and joined Baba Sala‘s Federal High life Dandies who were in his town on tour. He went on to begin a solo musical career with his Juju band and over the years attained global accolades.

Sunny Ade is reputed to have pioneered modern world music and has been classified as one of the most influential musicians of all time.

KSA got signed to Island Records after the death of Bob Marley, with the label intending to make him their next global star but he later left the label because he was not ready to dump his African influenced rhythm.

He has also collaborated with the likes Stevie Wonder, Manu Dibango and many other veteran international acts.

Sunny Ade has received two Grammy award nominations. He is also a successful businessman and in 2015, he launched a radio station in his native Ondo state.

King Sunny Ade, a precious gift - Aregbesola

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state has described Juju music maestro, Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye, (aka King Sunny Ade) as a rare breed and a precious gift to the music world.

In a birthday congratulatory message signed by his media aide, Mr Semiu Okanlawon, on Thursday in Osogbo, the governor said that Adegeye was a source of pride for Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the music icon, who is celebrating his 70th birthday today, was born on Sept. 22, 1946, in Osogbo.

“Sunny Ade represents for the country and every black man a source of pride.’’

“Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye is undoubtedly one of the music icons on the African continent.

“He is a gift not only to Nigeria but also the whole music communities of the world.’’

Aregbesola also described the Juju musician as a prodigious songster and creative enigma, whose reach in musical world had no limit.

According to Aregbesola, the musician was able to remain strong in music up to the age of 70 due to his dexterity, originality, hard work, and more importantly, God’s grace.

He said that the juju exponent had registered his name strongly as one of the most gifted and prolific singers and song writers with uncommon consistency in the last four decades.

“He sings with convenience, grace and originality. His lyrics are evergreen, renewable and didactic.

“He is a prolific song writer, gifted guitarist, prophet and excellent dancer – all rolled into one.

“As he celebrates his three scores and a decade of existence on earth, we cannot but wish him more prosperous years,’’ the governor said.

He prayed that the music icon would continue to be a blessing to humanity.

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