Legendary Nigerian juju singer, King Sunny, has turned 74.
Born, Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye, the Member of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is a multi-award-winning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
He is regarded as one of the first African pop musicians to gain international success and fame.
He is known for his longevity in the Nigerian music scene, fluid dance moves, boundless stage energy and vast collaborative variety.
Born in Osogbo to a Nigerian royal family in Ondo and Akure, his father was a church organist, while his mother, Maria Adegeye (née Adesida), was a trader.King Sunny Ade’s music is characterised by, among other instruments, the talking drum and the guitar.
His music is in the age-old tradition of singing poetic lyrics, ewi and praise-singing of dignitaries as well as components of juju.
KSA introduced the pedal steel guitar, synthesizers, clavinet, vibraphone, tenor guitar into the juju music repertoire.
He noted that he used these instruments not as an attempt to innovate, but as a substitute for traditional jùjú instruments which were too difficult to find or impractical for touring.
The pedal steel guitar, for instance, was added to his repertoire as a sound-alike for an African violin, Wikipedia states.