I Bought My First Guitar at 16 – Sunny Ade

Sunny Ade, The living legend of juju songs, song writer and multi instrumentalist, King explains how he bought his first guitar when he was 16 years old.

According to “King Sunny Ade whom is 73 years old said i saved to buy my guitar at the age of 16 and hid it from the family,because they don’t want me to go into music”.

The legend, juju singer, song writer and multi instrumentalist disclosed this in Lagos when he met Temidara Onafuye, his (9) nine years old fan.

Temidara Onafuye is a primary school pupil based in North Carolina USA, that is visiting Nigeria for the Christmas and New year said she craved to see King Sunny Ade because of her love for his music.

King Sunny Ade whom visited Onafuye at her family residence, said while he could play other musical instrument he had this special passion for guitar.” Apart from Singing, i play guitar, keyboard, different percussion instruments including sahara, talking drum, omelet, long, all these instruments makes the African musics stand out.” I have passion for guitar, i see it as my baby and i cannot do without it”.”couple of years back, i was rated 69the best guitarist in the whole world”.

Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye, the living legend of our time continued to tell his young fan Temidara Onafuye, how he learned how to play the guitar and how he had saved up to buy his first guitar when he was 16 years old.

“I saved myself to buy a guitar,all family member did not want me to go into music because it was believed that musicians are not serious people.Eventually,when I bought the guitar I hid it under the staircase.

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“I was afraid to tell anybody that I wanted to go into the city for music training where I would be exposed”.

Luckily for me,my style of music which is known as “Juju”,is not the common one.

Juju music is a fusion of traditional Yoruba vocal forms and percussion with Western rock and rolls and King Sunny Ade is the vanguard of the development and international popularisation of the genre.

He explained how he he played music with the late comedian, dramatist and actor, Moses Olaiya, popularly known by his stage name, “Baba Sala”.

People did not know that Baba Sala was a musician. He played guitar, talking drum and his music was like that of IK Dairo.
“When he floated the Baba Sala Travelling Theatre, I was the one in charge of the music section,” he said.

King Sunny Ade disclosed that he had composed more than 3, 000 songs said all his songs were his favourite because “each of them serves a purpose”.

He was asked when will he retire, the Juju music legend said he would play music till his death.According to him“I wanted to retire sometime ago, but my fans all over the world did not allow me.

“They said if I retire, what will I be doing.
“Juju music is in my blood, I cannot retire from music, I can only retire from stage.
“Even at 100 years, God willing, I will still be singing”

The legend also disclosed that he was working on a project of building a standard music school and a museum to document and preserve all genres of music, particularly the early ones.

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He said he has started building his own school and by the grace of God in few years, there will be something on ground for people to see.

King Sunney Ade said he did not study music anywhere and was not trained by anybody but he have passion for music.
He said he searched around the entire nation, we do not have a standard music school. Most Nigerian musicians of note are self made.

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The living legend King Sunny Ade further continued that the museum would archive all genres of Nigerian early music, images and relics of musicians for young ones like Onafuye to visit and study.He said there is the need for documentation of our music and preserve them, particularly the old ones for younger generation to study,imagine a place in Harizona where they have one of the biggest music museum and I have a diary there.

People go there for tourism and the moment you pass throuhh my stand they will play a bit of my song; “Synchro, synchro system”.If foreigner can do that, why not us? There is need for us to keep records.

King Sunny Ade said he was inspired and impressed to hear that a young girl likeTemidara Onafuye , whom lived abroad could admire his music and be his fan, even with the raving wave of “hip hop” and foreign music.

The living legend of juju music said he had to leave all his engagements to honour the young girl when her maternal grand father, Alhaji Lai Mohammed whom is the present Minister of Information and Culture told him about her.The legend thank the Almighty God for allowing him to meet the girl and alsothank the minister for getting in touch with him.

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He said when the minister informed him about the girl,hesaid he would like to see her, and he decided that, even if it is in Abuja, he will pay his flight ticket to see her before she travels back.

King Sunny Ade thanked the parents of the girl specifically for nurturing and teaching her African culture, music and tradition, even outside the shore of Nigeria.

On behalf of the family, the minister said he was inspired by the visit because very few people of King Sunny Ade status would leave their busy schedule, especially at a festive season to visit a nine-year-old fan.

The minister ,Alhaji Lai Mohammed said he was also impressed with the parents of the girl for impacting African culture in her.

He said today is a special day, not just because Temidara Onafuye is my grand daughter but because I am also a minister in charge of culture.I am very proud that our culture will not die.Kids like her are the torchbearers and It means that there is hope for our tradition.

The minister’s wife, Alhaja Kudirat, the girl’s parents and other members of the family welcomed King Sunny Ade and thanked him for the visit.

The legend signed his autograph for the young girl and promised to invite her as special guest to any of his concert in the U. S.


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