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Juju Music

King Sunny Ade

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A world-music landmark, this 1982 album is the career masterpiece of bandleader Sunny Ade, an actual member of Nigerian royalty who became one of the best-known African musicians of his generation. Four interlocking, gorgeously hypnotic electric guitars plus a pedal steel tightly interlace with a phalanx of soft-toned talking drums, combining traditional Yoruban percussion with sleek modern pop. Ade's "juju music" was a modernization of the West African highlife style, taking African guitar pop to new heights. Ade had pioneered the new style for years before this album came out, but the smooth, glossy polish of producer Martin Meissonier adds the perfect touch for this seductive wall of sound. Island Records label head Chris Blackwell groomed Ade for global stardom, planning to fill the gap left after reggae legend Bob Marley passed away in 1981. Although that plan proved overly ambitious, the strong promotional push behind this album helped bring "world music" to a much larger American audience, and Juju Music remains one of the seminal African pop albums of the 20th Century.

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Dance The Night Away

If you know world music, you know this album. If you're new to world music, or if you'd like to give it a try, BUY THIS RECORD!!!! This is the best album by the granddaddy of all African musicians. Four or five bars in, and you'll start dancing. And you won't stop until Track 7 ends. You will not be disappointed!!!

Groove Master

I well remember these years of King Sunny's glorious music. I have spent many wonderful evenings dancing to the liquid groove of The Afro Beats live and in person. No recording can capture a sweat drenched night of JuJu, but this album is the next best thing. The master. The real deal. Enjoy

King Sunny Ade Juju Music.

This one of KSA oldies that one can ever forget.You can not go without dancing no matter your etnic group that you came from.Wish to have more of his album in Ituns for his fans to buy.

Biography

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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