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Juju Music

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Ja Funmi
Eje Nlo Gba Ara Mi
Mo Beru Agba
Sunny Ti De Ariya
Ma Jaiye Oni
365 Is My Number/ The Message
Samba/ E Falaba Lewe
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Total Tracks: 7   Total Length: 43:08

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Giving African music a long-term audience in the U.S. and U.K.
1990 | Label: ISLAND RECORDS

From the late 1960s all the way through the '70s, Nigeria's juju titan was King Sunny Adé, a mellifluous groove master who never let things lay back too much. His guitar playing was as much Jimi Hendrix as it was the extension of a style that was rooted in traditional percussion and had taken shape back in the 1920s. There was something irresistible in that meld; neither the music's grounding, nor Adé's forward-zooming guitar,… read more »

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Sunny Ade...


Yes indeed... Sunny Ade, is the king of Juju Music.

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This is the one...


here's the one that put the king on the charts. A must have!

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After nearly 15 years as Nigeria’s biggest musical draw and juju music’s reigning monarch, King Sunny Ade went global in 1982 with a brief but fertile stint on the Mango label. The three albums that resulted — Juju Music, Synchro System, and Aura — gave Ade unprecedented exposure on the Western market and introduced a slew of music lovers to the sounds of Afro-pop. Juju Music was the first of Ade’s Mango titles and remains the best of the lot. Over the course of seven extended cuts, King Sunny Ade & His African Beats lay down their trademark mix of talking drum-driven grooves, multi-guitar weaves, lilting vocal harmonies, and pedal steel accents; for this major-label debut, the band also chucks in some tasteful synthesizer bits and a few reggae-dub flourishes. Besides classic juju pop like “Ja Funmi” and “Ma Jaiye Oni,” Ade and his 20-piece entourage serve up percussion breakdowns like “Sunny Ti de Ariya” and a heady blend of soul, dub, and synth noodlings on “365 Is My Number/The Message.” Throughout, Ade deftly inserts Hawaiian slide guitar licks and Spanish-tinged lines reminiscent of Hendrix’ “All Along the Watchtower.” Juju Music should not only be the first-disc choice for Ade newcomers, but for the Afro-pop curious as well. – Stephen Cook

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