For more than 30 years, Nigerian-born King Sunny Ade (from his real name, Sunday Adeniyi) was the undisputed master of the juju, a mixture of rhythms steeped in Yoruba culture and contemporary electric sounds. Affectionately referred to as the Minister of Enjoyment by fans, King Sunny Ade heads up his own label and has more than 100 recordings to his credit. Peppered with proverbs and metaphors, his lyrics contain a strong cultural and social message. Ade is also a big-time businessman with a soft spot for his native West Africa. After performing at the 1992 and 1994 editions of the Festival, he marks a return to Montreal for the 2009 Festival de Jazz International de Montréal and was presented with the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award in 2015.
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