Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye MFR, known professionally as King Sunny Adé, is a Nigerian jůjú singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is regarded as one of the first African pop musicians to gain international success and has been called one of the most influential musicians of all time. For his longevity, fluid moves, boundless stage energy, and vast collaborative variety, he is Africa’s, Mick Jagger.
Basic Information About King Sunny Ade
Name: Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye
Date of birth: 22 September 1946
State of Origin/Place of birth: Osogbo, Osun State
Career: Juju Singer, Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist & Actor
Nickname: KSA, Sunny Ade
King Sunny Adé left grammar school in Ondo City under the pretense of going to the University of Lagos. It was thus in Lagos that his mercurial musical career began.
He is a visiting lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and recipient of the Order of the Federal Republic.
Sunny Adé’s musical sound has evolved from the early days. His career began with Moses Olaiya’s Federal Rhythm Dandies, a highlife band. He left to form a new band, The Green Spots, in 1967. Over the years, for various reasons ranging from changes in his music to business concerns, Sunny Adé’s band changed its name several times, first to African Beats and then to Golden Mercury.
After more than a decade of resounding success in his native Nigeria, Adé was received to great acclaim in Europe and North America in 1982. The global release of Juju Music and its accompanying tour was “almost unanimously embraced by critics (if not consumers) everywhere”. Adé was described in The New York Times as “one of the world’s great band leaders”, in Record as “a breath of fresh air, a positive vibration we will feel for some time to come” and in Trouser Press as “one of the most captivating and important musical artists anywhere in the world”.
His next album, Syncro System (1983), was equally successful, earned him his first Grammy Award nomination in the ethnic/traditional folk recording category, hence making him the first Nigerian Grammy award nominee ever.
The veteran Juju singer King Sunny Ade currently worth $55million. The money is low comparing to is peer reasons are because some years back the artist decided to take a break from the industry.
KSA Family Background/ Members
Adé was born in Osogbo to a Nigerian royal family from Ondo and Akure, thus making him an Omoba of the Yoruba people. His father was a church organist, while his mother was a trader. As a member of the Adesida dynasty, his mother’s relatives would include her father Oba Adesida I, who ruled Akure for 60 years and would later include her nephew and Adé’s cousin, Adebiyi Adegboye Adesida Afunbiowo II, a future king of Akure.