Sunny Ade released his first worldwide record, ‘Juju Music’, in 1982.
Legendary Nigerian musician, Sunday Adegeye, popularly known as King Sunny Ade (KSA) has turned 74.
With a meritorious music career that spans 53 years, his Juju music is characterised by the brilliant talking drum among other instruments, poetic lyrics and praise signs.
In commemoration of his birthday, PREMIUM TIMES is beaming the spotlight on his international recognitions and feats.
Sunny Ade released his first worldwide record, ‘Juju Music’, in 1982 after he got signed onto Island Records after the death of Bob Marley.
The release propelled him, his brand, and Juju music into the international limelight.
His next album, ‘Synchro System’, released in 1983 further fuelled the fire of his international growth.
It earned him his first Grammy Award nomination in the ethnic/traditional folk recording category, making him Nigeria’s first-ever Nigerian Grammy award nominee.
Even though his journey with Island Records was short, his brief spell with them brought him to the attention of other world music acts.
In 1987, he returned to the international music scene after a record of a live concert he had in Seattle was released by Rykodisc, an American record label.