Cancelled: King Sunny Ade & His African Beats W/Swahili At Star Theater

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Beloved Festival & Soul'd Out Productions Present The King of Juju!

Since the evolution of juju music in Nigeria in the thirties no exponent has made a more lasting impact in the genre than King Sunny Ade.

~ King Sunny Ade ~

As a singer, composer and guitarist, he has succeeded over the years in taking this Nigerian social music type to international heights. Ade came on the scene in 1966 following his induction as a samba player in a small group led by showman and comedian Baba Sala, known in real life as Moses Olaiya. And with his own ten piece band, the Green Spots, Ade made his first record in 1967, playing the guitar solos himself. He however, blazed into prominence a year after with a hit single in praise of Stationery Stores football club which carved him a gold disc as a result of its massive sales. Since then Ade has been in the limelight.

His words: “When I met juju music musicians were still sitting down, with instruments arranged in front. I found it hard because I knew people were not getting full value for their money. So I started standing and dancing. I moved the instruments backwards to allow them enjoy their money and gave my boys a microphone each to dance and sing.” Continuing, he said, “At that time too, they were playing only one guitar. I increased to two, three, four, five and the present six. I dropped the use of the accordion and introduced keyboards, the manual jazz drum and now the electronic jazz drum. I introduced the use of pedal steel otherwise known as Hawaiian guitar, increased the percussion aspect of the music, added more talking drums, introduced computer into juju music and de-emphasized the use of high tone in the vocals.”

~ Swahili ~

Swahili make futuristic dance music inspired and embed with ancient esoteric energy. Founded in 2007 amongst casino ruins and mountainous lake beds, Swahili practice aural mind expansion through the sacred ceremony of music and dance.

~ Dj Knutz ~
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By: Beloved Festival

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