Only a legend can celebrate his birthday for months and round it up with an elaborate concert that will feature performances from some of Nigeria’s biggest entertainers.
Not only did A-list artistes, socialites, and celebrities grace the ‘Sunny on Sunday’ concert, some of Nigeria’s leading politicians were also present to celebrate the Juju maestro known as King Sunny Ade.
It was a feverishly anticipated event and the end result did indeed live up to expectations — in all aspects.
Here were seven things we learned on a night when stars mixed with power.
Iyanya, a fan of the music king
After performing a KSA song, new Mavin artiste, Iyanya Mbuk, said a few words about him, then went on to explain that while growing up, his neighbours always played the Juju legend’s songs. The audience loved every bit of Iyanya’s tribute to KSA as well as his brief anecdote about a ‘Calabar man singing a Yoruba song’.
King of moves
Awilo Logomba, Congolese music icon, who flew into Nigeria for ‘Sunny on Sunday’, tried to get KSA to bust some moves but the legend had other ideas.
After getting the crowd pumped up with his music, Awilo showered praises on KSA before bringing him on stage in an attempt to teach him some dance steps but instead, the juju king decided to do his own thing.
The chemistry lives on
The seamless synergy between Onyeka Onwenu and KSA has given life to many tales and myths. Performing together at ‘Sunny on Sunday’, one could only expect it to be special.
Onwenu shared with the audience a brief story of how they met, then brought KSA on stage for a joint performance.
The testimony of Sir Shina Peter
Sir Shina Peters is a giant of his generation but even giants know their master.
Before performing, he said a few fond words about KSA.
Shina Peters almost stole the show as he got the entire audience to dance and sing along to every tune he belted out. The crowd literally begged him for an encore after his set was over.
Darey is a damn fine singer
Darey Art-Alade can sing. No doubt.
The ‘Pray for Me’ singer delivered a breathtaking tribute to KSA in a flawless manner.
Splurge for art
There may be recession in the land but to some, it’s not that serious.
An unidentified individual bought KSA’s Fender guitar for 52m in an auction sale, leaving many in awe.
Everyone came out for the king
Not many musicians can bring out the likes of Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, Babatunde Fashola, Lai Mohammed, Ibikunle Amosun, and many others dignitaries, celebrities and politicians.
King Sunny Ade did.
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