Hayden Childs’ Music Library: King Sunny Ade to the Kinks

King Sunny Adé – Best of the Classic Years (2003). A bunch of tracks recorded at unknown times in the early 1970s.  King Sunny Adé is an extraordinary afrobeat guitarist who plays a form of Nigerian Juju music with considerable appeal for Western audiences. Unlike Fela Kuti, who also had a background in highlife music, Adé’s music is more focused on beat than rhythm.  Adé’s guitarwork is amazing, too, with a nimbility and offbeat rhythmic sense that doesn’t really have a Western counterpart.

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