King Sunny Adé, born Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye MFR on September 22, 1946, is a renowned Nigerian juju singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Hailing from a royal family in Osogbo and tracing his roots to Ondo and Akure, he holds the title of Omoba of the Yoruba people. This blog post delves into the life and career of the iconic musician, as well as some noteworthy highlights from his personal life.
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King Sunny Adé Early Life and Education:
King Sunny Adé was born to a Nigerian royal family in Osogbo, with his mother, Maria Adegeye, being a businesswoman, and his father serving as a church organist. His maternal lineage includes a rich history, with his grandfather, Oba Adesida I, having governed Akure for six decades. He attended Ondo City’s grammar school and initially aspired to pursue higher education at the University of Lagos.
King Sunny Adé Career:
King Sunny Adé’s musical journey began when he joined Moses Olaiya’s Federal Rhythm Dandies, a highlife band. Subsequently, he formed his own band, The Green Spots, in 1967. Over the years, his band underwent name changes, first becoming African Beats and later Golden Mercury. Adé was deeply influenced by Tunde Nightingale’s ‘So wa mbe’ style of juju, which he skillfully incorporated into his own music.
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