On today’s throwback Thursday, Empiregist brings out the old interview of Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye popularly known as King Sunny Ade where he revealed that the money he makes goes back to his music and charity.
King Sunny Ade, the juju singer and songwriter said this while explaining challenges of making juju songs as expensive genre due to number of men in the bands such as instrumentalists,road manager,manager etc. He also noted that the unavailability of facilities in Africa is one of the challenges in competing with the western sound.
One of the distinctive developments is Sunny Ade’s music is the use of Hawaiian guitar(steel guitar) in promoting African sound. He also said that gangan (talking drum) is not just a musical instrument but also a tool in the African communication system.
He has been nominated at the 26th annual Grammy award 1983 with “Synchro System” as Best Ethnic or traditional folk recording and also at the 41st annual Grammy award in 1998 with Odu (Album) as Best World Music Album.
Watch Interview below :