King Sunny Ade (KSA) turns 70 on Thursday, September 22, 2016.
Plans are on to celebrate him for the next three months. NAIJ.com also join in celebrating the master guitarist at 70 with these memorable photos in the life of the king.
1.His father was a church organist
The juju music living legend was born to a church organist father who is also a prince of Ondo town on September 22, 1946. Sure he cut his teeth in music from him.
2. His musical career began with Moses Olaiya’s Federal Rhythm Dandies
Moses Olaiya popularly known as Baba Sala started out as a highlife musician. KSA trained under him from where he left to start his own band called the Green Spots in 1967.
3. From 1967 till date KSA has dominated the juju music/African music sphere.
4. He brought so many transformation to juju music.
His genre of music was sung sitting down but because he was young, vibrant and a great dancer he started singing juju standing and this afforded him the opportunity to dance, sing and play the guitar.
5. KSA the stylish man:
Either in native or English wears KSA always stand out. His costumes are unique.
6. KSA and his mum
Till the mother died in 2010 at over 120 years of age, KSA loved his mother and vice versa such that he buried his mum on his birthday, September 22, 2010.
7. KSA is a prolific songwriter.
He writes all his songs which has continue to be a hit.
8. KSA has a signature cap .
9. He also has signature turban/ head band
10. KSA still rocks at 70
The king sings like he is in his 40s and dances as if he is in his 30s