September 22, 2016

King Sunny Ade Celebrating His 70th Birthday Today

Happy birthday to a music living legend King Sunny Ade as he turns 70. Wishing him more years.

Below is his Wikipedia profile
Sunny Adé (born Sunday Adeniyi, 22 September 1946) is a Nigerian musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and a pioneer of modern world music. He has been classed as one of the most influential musicians of all time.

In 1987, Sunny Adé returned to the international spotlight when Rykodisc released a live concert he did in Seattle and was given an astonishing embrace by fans across the globe who were eager for another international album release. who?

He soon employed an American manager, Andrew Frankel, who negotiated another three album record deal with the Mesa record label (a division of Paradise Group) in America. One of these albums was 1988's Odu, a collection of traditional Yoruba songs, for which he was nominated for the second Grammy Award and thus making him the first African to be nominated twice for a Grammy.

Apart from being an international musician Sunny Adé is also prominent in his native Nigeria, running multiple companies in several industries, creating a non-profit organisation called the King Sunny Adé Foundation, and working with the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria.

In recent times, hip hop music appears to be holding sway with the electronic media in Nigeria with massive airplays. Nonetheless, Sunny Adé's musical output has continued to inspire a vast generation of other Nigerian musicians, who believe in the big band musical set up which Sunny Adé and late Fela Kuti are noted for. The musician Lagbaja is one of the very many musicians whom Sunny Adé's music has inspired. 

In 2008, his contributions to world music was recognised; as he was given an award for his outstanding contribution to world music at the International Reggae and World Music Awards held at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.

In the 1980s Adé embarked on a career in Hollywood. His music was featured in the 1983 film Breathless, starring Richard Gere, and the 1986 comedy One More Saturday Night, and he acted in Robert Altman's 1987 comedy O.C. and Stiggs.

10 comments:

ats three said...

HBD Sir!

ats three said...

HBD KSA!

Hassan Aderemi said...

Happy birthday Sir, the KSA

Harbolarkale Niyi said...

Happy birthday KSA! many more years to come.

Olumide Agosile said...

Happy birthday to you sir. Igba odun,odun kan

Olumide Agosile said...

Happy birthday to you sir. Igba odun,odun kan

Unknown said...

U're too much Baba KSA! Wishing you glorious years ahead full of good health.HBD! Baba I hail

Ayodele Joe said...

Enter your comment...Happy birthday KSA

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday sir, may the Lord grant to you more grace to dwell in his presence as you celebrate.

inumidun said...

Happi bdai KSA..