African 'Bob Marley' Enters Hall of Fame
Matthew Feick | 7/22/2009, 11:49 p.m.
(GIN) - King Sunny Ade, often billed as the €African Bob Marley,€ will be inducted into the Afropop Hall of Fame this week in Brooklyn, N.Y.
A native of Lagos, Nigeria, Ade became an international spectacle of world music while touring Europe and North America in the early 80s, performing Nigerian juju music.
Now 62, Ade is considered an architect of the juju style, big-band dance music. His impressive song writing resume and charismatic performances have earned him score composition jobs in Hollywood - not to mention an acting role in €National Lampoon€s O.C. & Stiggs.€ He is the only native African to ever be nominated twice for a Grammy award.
In a 1987 New York Times review of his Beacon Theater concert, Jon Pareles wrote €His modern juju is still the multilayered, intoxicating marvel that makes him one of the world's great band leaders.€
Today, Ade remains active in Nigeria handling many business ventures, including the King Sunny Ad Foundation, a non-profit designed to bring music and performing arts to Nigerian housing communities.