King Sunny Ade



King Sunny Adé

Saturday, April 8, 7:30pm · 10:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Nigerian Guitar Legend Series: Across the Continents  

We're sorry to announce that due to health reasons King Sunny Adé has had to cancel his appearance at SFJAZZ on April 8th.

If you bought tickets to this performance, you will receive a refund on the credit card that you used to purchase the tickets. If you would like to make other arrangements, please contact our Box Office at or 415-788-7353.

King Sunny Adé

Originator of the infectiously danceable hybrid of traditional Nigerian music and Western pop music called juju, King Sunny Adé is a trailblazing artist who paved the way for the rise of indigenous African pop music in the west. Born in Ondo, Nigeria to an aristocratic family, Adé was raised as member of Yoruba nobility and left school at a young age to devote his life to the guitar and his musical fortune. During the 1970s, Adé formed his own label to document the exciting new cross-pollination he was creating, and subsequently conquered the Nigerian pop scene before coming to the attention of Western audiences in the early 80s with the release of his Juju Music, Synchro System, and Aura albums. Balancing Adé’s soaring guitar and synthesizers against the percolating rhythms of the Yoruba talking drum, these records introduced the rest of the world to the Afro-pop sound, catapulting Adé to stratospheric levels of stardom. His crossover success led to his billing as the “African Bob Marley” and opened doors for followers including Youssou N’Dour and Salif Keita. Described by The New York Times as “one of the world’s great band leaders,” Adé is a two-time GRAMMY nominee and required listening for any music lover interested in Afro-pop.

Artist Personnel

King Sunny Adé guitar, vocals
other artists TBA

"One of the most captivating and important musical artists anywhere in the world " — Trouser Press
"A superstar " — Rolling Stone