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Saturday, April 22, 2017 12:00 AM // Michigan Theater

CANCELED: King Sunny Adé

 

Please note: We regret to inform you that last week we received the news that King Sunny Adé canceled his North American tour.

King Sunny Adé stands shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Fela Kuti and Hugh Masekela as masters of modern African music. Since the evolution of jùjú music in Nigeria in the 1930s, no one has made a more lasting impact in the genre than this pioneer of global music, who has succeeded in taking Nigerian social music to international heights. A beloved singer, composer, and guitarist, Adé formed his first band in 1967 and has been in the limelight in Nigeria ever since. Singing in his native Yorùbá language, Adé went on to define the terms “Afropop” and “World Beat” and to open the door to the West for other African musicians. He will lay down his trademark mix of talking drum-driven grooves, multi-guitar weaves, lilting vocal harmonies, and pedal steel guitar accents, taking the audiences on an intoxicating journey. “King Sunny is to Nigerians what James Brown has been to Americans.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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4/22/17 12:00 AM
Michigan Theater

CANCELED: King Sunny Adé

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Please note: We regret to inform you that last week we received the news that King Sunny Adé canceled his North American tour.

King Sunny Adé stands shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Fela Kuti and Hugh Masekela as masters of modern African music. Since the evolution of jùjú music in Nigeria in the 1930s, no one has made a more lasting impact in the genre than this pioneer of global music, who has succeeded in taking Nigerian social music to international heights. A beloved singer, composer, and guitarist, Adé formed his first band in 1967 and has been in the limelight in Nigeria ever since. Singing in his native Yorùbá language, Adé went on to define the terms “Afropop” and “World Beat” and to open the door to the West for other African musicians. He will lay down his trademark mix of talking drum-driven grooves, multi-guitar weaves, lilting vocal harmonies, and pedal steel guitar accents, taking the audiences on an intoxicating journey. “King Sunny is to Nigerians what James Brown has been to Americans.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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