Saturday, October 2, 2010
King Sunny Ade Nigerian music is far better than 50 years ago
For juju music maestro, Otunba Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye popularly known as King Sunny Ade, music lovers all over the country should have a cause to celebrate because Nigerian music of today is far better than what obtained 50 years ago. According to the musician, who buried his mother, Princess Miriam Adegeye in grand style in Ondo penultimate Friday, unlike now that nearly every family boasts of an artiste, in the past it was difficult for a family to allow his child to play music.
Hear him: “Fifty years ago, hardly would you find a family that allowed his child to play music. It’s either you go to church and become a very strong member of the choir. Now, everybody wants to play music. In those days, the real traditional music was not being exposed. I don’t know if it’s intentional. It was when Fela Anikulapo-Kuti took his music to London or America that we began to appreciate the power of Afrobeat. For instance, I started touring Europe and America from 1971 but not until 1984 that I became known all over the world. But now, Nigerian music is far better.
Story By TOSIN AJIRIRE