King Sunny Ade Juju music king celebrates 70th birthday in Houston
Veteran Nigerian musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, King Sunny Ade celebrated his 70th birthday in Houston in grand style with a whole lot of celebrities in attendance.
The show hosted by MC Ajele started with a performance by the Yoruba School of Language & Culture led by Gabriel Babalola reciting the Nigerian National Anthem in Yoruba “Dide Eyin Ara” (Arise O’ Compatriots), followed a cultural batta dance performance and a musical performance dedicated to KSA by Omo-Oba Eledua and Demola Violinist.
The official opening for KSA was done by top Juju musician, Melloh Rhythms, who gave an outstanding performance which ushered King Sunny Ade and his Afro Beats Band on stage with a rousing applause and ovation from the crowd which set the tone for the night.
The music legend thrilled the audience to some nostalgic dance performances just like he was known to dance in his “hay days” when he started in a 2 hrs straight performance which led guests to the reason why they were celebrating the king himself in the first place.
Notable celebrities at the event include Kunle Afolayan, Dayo Adeneye, Saheed Kekere-Ekun, Seyi Law. The lovely cake was designed by Ehi of Ehi’s Cakes. It was a four-tier birthday cake, designed like a life size edible guitar and a musical turntable cake.
Rounding up the birthday celebration for KSA was a proclamation from the Mayor’s Office declaring King Sunny Ade as an Honorary Citizen “Goodwill Ambassador” of the City of Houston which was presented by Ayomide Shittu of YAP (Young African Professionals) and Abby Kotun of NAMC (Nigerian-American Multicultural Council).
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