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King Sunny Ade

King Sunny Ade is the undisputed king of juju music, the dance-inspiring hybrid of western pop and traditional African music with roots in the guitar tradition of Nigeria. Although he's yet to equal the success that he enjoyed with his early-'80s albums and American tours, Ade and his band, His African Beats, continue to weave an infectious blend of electric guitars, synthesizers and multi-layered percussion. Born to a family of Nigerian royalty, Ade left school to pursue a career in music. In the mid-'60s, he performed with a highlife band, Moses Olaiya's Federal Rhythm Dandies. Ade formed his own band, the Green Spots, in 1967. Frustrated by the exploitation of the record industry, Ade launched his own record label in 1974. In the decades since, the label has released more than 100 of Ade's recordings in Nigeria. Ade began to attract attention in the western world when three of his albums -- Juju Music, Synchro System, and Aura -- were released in the early '80s on the Mango label, a subsidiary of Island Records. Ade & His African Beats made their debut American performances to enthusiastic crowds in 1983. Although Juju Music and Synchro System showed signs that Ade was going up to live up to billing as "the African Bob Marley," Aura was a commercial disappointment and the group was dropped by Island Records. While they released an album, Authority of Your Ticket, in 1990, it too failed to stir much commercial interest. E Dide (Get Up), released in 1995, offered hints that the best days of Ade and His African Beats were yet to come. The group followed it with Odu, a collection of ancient Nigerian songs, in 1998; the album was nominated for a Grammy. Its follow-up, Seven Degrees North, appeared in 2000. Ade has remained a powerful force in Nigeria. Money received from his early albums has been used to launch an oil firm, a mining company, a nightclub, a film and video production company, a PR firm, and a record label specializing in recordings by African artists. It's been estimated than more than 700 people are employed by Ade's companies. In the mid-'90s, Ade 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 and performers on a five acre tract donated by the Lagos state government. Ade currently serves as chairperson of the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria. In 1996, Ade formed a supergroup, the Way Forward, featuring top-notch Nigerian musicians. He and His African Beats have been featured in three films -- Juju Music in 1988, Live at Montreux in 1990, and Roots of Rhythm in 1997. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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So happy to ear this
we need some of the ever green fuji originator and founder barry wonder mr fuji and all other fuji super stars.anyway tanx 4 ur effort, more grace 2 ur ellbow.jzk.
Pandora, thanks very much for all your effort in bringing all these old time music from Nigeria to your listeners. We really appreciate your attempts. God shall continue to bless you. Once again thanks much.
We need more nigerian hip hop artist like D banj, p square, 2 face, wande coal & others...... . . . . . . . . . . . . P A N D O R A please make it possible
temy0126
we need to get some p-square
You need to get Bobby and Synchro Systems at the very least on for us to listen to.
Wonderful pandora
Awesome jam. Thanks Pandora...
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kofoone4
Nigerians abroad will appreciate more King Sunny Ade songs on Pandora, please keep them coming.
I wish more of King Sunny Ade's albums can be featured on Pandora. We the audience need more of his recent songs.
well my is sunday ade olotu i just like him because is one of my mentor and from the same state Ondo, king suuny ade has laid good foundaton down for so many people and people are enjoying from it like mega'99. please if u can get this message please i need your help on my friend he also plays your style. his name is segun taiwo is like a junior brother to mega'99. thanks i belief in your support and God almighty will help you in jesus name (amen) say bless. long life the king.long live ondo, lo
About time he is featured on Pandora. But only 2 records?
vmariner2
If my life could have a soundtrack, I would want this!
bonafidejaso n
Saw King Sunny Ade at the Sierra Nevada Music Festival in Boonville--
the live effect of all their synchronized voices, instruments, costumes and smiles is soulful elation! Highly recommended!

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