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King Sunny Ade Biography
Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye known professionally as King Sunny Ade, was born on 22 September 1946.
He is a Nigerian jùjú 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.
Early Life and Education
Sunny Adé was born in Osogbo to a Nigerian royal family from Ondo and Akure, thereby making him an Omoba of the Yoruba people.
His father was a church organist, while his mother, Maria Adegeye (née Adesida), was a trader.
As a member of the Adesida dynasty, his mother’s relatives included her father Oba Adesida I (who ruled Akure for 60 years) and would later include her nephew and Adé’s cousin, Oba Adebiyi Adegboye Adesida Afunbiowo II, who also served as king of Akure.
Sunny Adé left grammar school in Ondo City under the pretense of going to the University of Lagos.
King Sunny Adé Career
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.
King Sunny Ade was influenced by Juju pioneer Tunde Nightingale and borrowed stylistic elements from his ‘So wa mbe’ style of juju.
He 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.
He is a visiting lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and recipient of the Order of the Federal Republic.
In the 1980s, Sunny Adé did some work 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. He featured in a few Nollywood movies in the early 2000s.
Sunny Ade Songs
- The best of classic years (2003)
- Seven degrees north (2000)
- Odu (1998)
- The truth “Otito” (1985)
- Aura (1984)
- Vintage (1984)
- Syncro system (1983)
- Syncro series (1983)
- Juju music (1982)
- Maa jo (1982)
- Eje Nlogba (1980)
- Ja funmi
- Mo Ti Mo
- Ma Jaiye Oni
- Let them say
- Merciful God
- Mo Ti Kole Min Sori Apata
- Oluwa lo yan mi
- Odu oteyi yato
- E dide e mujo
- Gbe Kini ohun de
- Eje Nlo Gba Ara Mi
Sunny Ade Awards
Sunny Adé has received numerous awards during his career.
In November 2016 he became a recipient of the AFRIMA award.
In December 2016 he was inducted into the Hard Rock Cafe hall of fame.
He was inducted into the Headies Hall of Fame at The Headies 2020 in February 2021.
King Sunny Adé Net Worth
King Sunny Adé is a Nigerian jùjú singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has an estimated net worth of $10 millions.
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