Posted on July 7, 2016
King Sunny Adé is celebrating his 70th birthday year with a return tour of the US, his first since 2009. The summer tour will include performances from New York City and Boston, through the Midwest and Southwest to the Northwest and California.
Posted on October 28, 2015
A fantastic New York Times article on the roots of King Sunny Adé:
“From Bhojsons, the musician would stroll down the rail track all the way to his rented room in Mushin, some three miles north. It was the mid-1960s and the young man, Sunday Ishola Adeniyi Adegeye, still an unknown artist, could not afford the cab fare home.
Today, 69 and long known as King Sunny Adé, he is a wealthy man and one of Nigeria’s most famous musicians…”
Posted on August 20, 2015
Riot Artist is thrilled to welcome King Sunny Ade to our touring roster for the 2016-17 season!
Since the evolution of juju music in Nigeria in the 1930s, no one has made a more lasting impact in the genre than King Sunny Ade. As a singer, composer and guitarist, he has succeeded over the years in taking this Nigerian social music to international heights.
King Sunny Ade & His African Beats last toured North America in 2005. When they return in the 2016-17 season, they will lay down their trademark mix of talking drum-driven grooves, multi-guitar weaves, lilting vocal harmonies, and pedal steel accents, and take their audiences on an intoxicating journey.