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King Sunny Ade's first international release modernized Nigerian juju, blending it with highlife, dub, and Afrobeat influences. Throughout the album, hypnotically intertwining layers of rhythmically chattering guitars ride a rippling ocean of percussion, with Ade's understated, incantatory vocals dancing gracefully atop. When swooping steel-guitar licks melt into swirling electronic effects on "Eje Nlo Gba Ara Mi," or percolating talking drums give way to giddy highlife guitars on "Sunny Ti De Ariya," the music's summery charms come through bright and clear.

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King Sunny Ade has been around in the world of music for only GOD knows when, and he is always getting better to the very best. Keep on keeping on BABA.


Born: September 20, 1946 in Oshogbo, Nigeria

Genre: World

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

King Sunny Ade is the undisputed king of juju music, the dance-inspiring hybrid of western pop and traditional African music with roots in the guitar tradition of Nigeria. Although he's yet to equal the success that he enjoyed with his early-'80s albums and American tours, Ade and his band, His African Beats, continue to weave an infectious blend of electric guitars, synthesizers and multi-layered percussion. Born to a family of Nigerian royalty, Ade left school to pursue a career in music. In the...
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