By Gbedu Magazine on Aug 30, 2016
Nigerian Music Living Legend King Sunny Ade ‘KSA’ celebrated his 70th Birthday and 50 years on stage in a grand style in Houston, United States of America; thereby being awarded an Honorary Citizen and Goodwill Ambassador. The party was attended by friends and family.
Gbedu magazine is bringing you the juicy details on what happened as the celebration was a part of the memorable performance by KSA and his 20 member African beats band, with Kunle Afolayan, Dayo Adeneye and MD/CEO of Saheeto Small Chops, Saheed Kekere-Ekun in attendance.
The show 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 by the opening act, a cultural batta dance performance which was followed by a musical performance dedicated to KSA by Omo-Oba Eledua. MC Ajele from Nigeria played host as he entertained the audience in rib cracking, uncommon and never heard before jokes which took the audience to a totally different level of comedy session.
Consequently, Femi Fadipe aka Melloh Rhythms did the official opening for KSA with his Juju music performance which is outstanding, 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 brightly.
You would begin to wonder the truism of the number 70 representing the age of this Juju maestro and his body movement when it comes to dance which doesn’t go together but the living 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 hours straight performance which led us to the reason why he is being celebrated.
Ademola Adejayan popularly known as Demola Violinist was also there to serenade KSA with an outstanding performance, starting with a “Happy Birthday” song which thrilled the audience, then went into “Aiye Nreti Eleya Mi o” then “The Merciful God” which thrilled KSA himself as he danced on his seat, clapped his hands and enjoyed the relaxing time with his VIP guests rounding it up with “Eleko,” which gave him a rousing applause as he exited the stage.
The tastefully designed cake by the cake guru herself, Ehi of Ehi’s Cakes, thrilled KSA with a 4 tier birthday cake in white & gold, with a life size edible guitar and a musical turntable cake which played some old classic KSA tunes that he hadn’t listened to in a long while; watching the turntable cake play his tunes with amazement was one of the highlights of the night.
In the same vein, Comedian Seyi Law who coordinated the cutting of the cake with his signature throw back birthday count from zero -70yrs describing the every decade of KSA’s life journey taking the crowd way back in KSA’s success as a true legend.
To this end, the 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); the musical concert continued with an all night long performance by KSA as the Crowd danced and showered him with love. What a memorable night!!!
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