King Sunny Ade, a beloved Nigerian musician, is undisputedly the most popular artist in Nigeria and highly acclaimed as a world artist – appealing to music lovers across Africa and around the world. He has been performing to sold-out audiences around the world for more than 35 years. King Sunny Ade and his full band (with dancers) will tour over 30 cities across the U.S. and Canada – with the expectation of sold-out shows in every city. The artist has not toured North America since 2009, so his fans are eagerly awaiting his return.
A superstar in his native Nigeria since the late ’60s,juju bandleader King Sunny Ade was hailed by American critics in 1982 as the next Bob Marley. While Ade, who sings in his native Yoruba tongue, never achieved that level of popularity in the U.S., he and his 20-piece African Beats band did whet American and European appetites for “world music.” In addition, Ade helped open the door for other Afro-pop artists, among them fellow Nigerian juju stars Ebenezer Obey and Dele Abiodun, Zaire’s Tabu Ley Rochereau and Papa Wemba, Senegal’s Youssou N’Dour, South Africa’s Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens, and Madagascar’s Rossy and Tarika Sammy.
—Rolling Stone Music Magazine
Born into the royal family of Ondo, the youthful Ade horrified his parents by pursuing music, which was considered a profession for commoners. He dropped out of school in 1963 to join semipro bands in the capital of Lagos, playing juju, a popular Nigerian guitar music style since the ’20s, which had been radically altered by the infusion of electric guitars and Western rock influences. Within a year Ade was a guitarist with a top juju outfit, Moses Olaiya’s Rhythm Dandies. By 1967 he had formed his own band, the Green Spots (taking off on the name of longtime juju king I.K. Dairo’s Blue Spots band), and recorded his first single, “Challenge Cup,” which celebrated a local soccer team’s championship and became a national hit.
–Rolling Stone Music Magazine
King Sunny Ade is one of the best artists and most influential artist Africa has to offer. He possesses a unique voice that lends itself to any genre thus making his music appealing to a broad fan base of Nigerians and the world. Some of his hits in the past include Synchro System, Merciful God, Samba, Appreciation, 365 is my number, Solution, Ariya. He has recorded over 50 albums, sold millions of records, received many music awards, and received Nigeria’s highest citizenship award. “A stylish and guitarist whose music had been contagious in Nigeria for years, King Sunny Ade enjoyed international success in 1980. ~
–Leon Jackson, All Music Guide, Billboard Music Review.