The Legend Of King Sunny Adé And 5 Random Facts!

King Sunny Adé played a huge role in the childhood musical influences of many young Africans from the ’80s to mid-2000s. Today, we take a sneak peek into the life of the man, the legend.

King Sunny Ade, or KSA for short.

King Sunny Ade

King Sunny Ade (real name: Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye) is a Nigerian singer and songwriter whose music genres include Juju and African Popular music. His first album, Juju Music, was released in 1982. Peaking at #111 on Billboard’s ‘Pop Albums’ chart, this project was a commercial success. Till date, ‘Ja Funmi,’ a single off the album, continues to enjoy massive airplay at events by people of various ethnicities all over the world.

When I was young, my grandmother used to keep tons of cassettes and a radio on her small drawer. It was a variety of King Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, Victor Olaiya and many others. Then, on Saturdays, she would play each cassette and dance until it all ended. These are moments that will forever be etched in my memory. And, because of her, King Sunny Adé will always signify an embracing of youth, unbridled joy and laughter.

At least three in every ten Nigerians will tell you that they grew up listening to KSA. They will also tell you about his music makes them feel, pure classics that are also memories of their childhood experiences. 

Here are 5 Random Facts About King Sunny Adé!

King Sunny Ade

1. He was born to a royal family, hence the title ‘King.’ (It could also be attributed to the fact that he was crowned ‘King of Juju’ in the early ’90s).

2.  In 1984 and 1999, he got two Grammy nominations for his albums, ‘Synchro System’ and ‘Odu.’

3. He would probably give you a run for your money on the dance floor. Check out this compilation of his epic performances

4. His song ‘Eri Okan’ is the theme song for The Teju Babyface Show, a popular comedy show hosted by Nigerian comedian, Teju Babyface. 

5. He has over seven albums to his name. These include Juju Music, Synchro System, E Side (Get Up), Odu, Let Them Say, Seven Degrees North, e.t.c

You can experience King Sunny Ade’s music on Deezer, Apple Music and AudioMack. Are you a fan too? Share your favourite tracks ever in the comment section below!

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