King Sunny Adé and His African Beats at the N.C. Museum of Art

King Sunny Ade and his African Beats

King Sunny Ade and his African Beats

King Sunny Adé and His African Beats
Thursday, June 25, 2015 | 8 pm
Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park
North Carolina Museum of Art

Doors open at 6:30 pm

King Sunny Adé was born into the royal family of Ondo, in Nigeria, and shocked his parents by embarking on a career in music. But it was a decision that made him a superstar in his homeland and took a style of Nigerian social music known as juju to worldwide acclaim.

The legendary band leader, composer, and guitarist helped pave the way for many of the great Afro-pop bands of our times, including past NCMA standouts Youssou N’Dour, Salif Keita, Baaba Maal, and the Mahotella Queens. Adé has been a bold innovator, adding guitars, percussion, keyboards, synthesizer, and even Hawaiian-style pedal steel to create a “gently hypnotic, polyrhythmic mesh of burbling guitars, sweet harmony vocals, swooping Hawaiian guitar, and throbbing talking drums” (Rolling Stone).

Don’t miss a rare opportunity to dance the night away with one of Africa’s all-time musical greats along with 20 master musicians and percussionists.

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Dancing encouraged in front of stage.

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