Denizens of a recently sweltering New York City have already been blessed twice this summer by the cool sounds of Nigerian juju master and pioneer, King Sunny Adé. The Minister of Enjoyment, as he is sometimes known, has so far moved crowds at Central Park’s Summerstage and the BAM R&B Festival at Metrotech, as part of a long-awaited U.S. tour that was prevented by last year’s widespread computer malfunction in U.S. visa offices. All systems were go this year, and Adé and his expansive backing band, the African Beats, have been making the rounds of the States, an unfortunately rare occurrence.
Somehow, as though to make up for the long wait, New Yorkers are now triply blessed: King Sunny Adé returns to the Big Apple for the third time in one summer! If you’ve had to miss his other two performances, you have one more chance–at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Aug. 19. Word is that this performance will be a special one: a much longer,two/three hour set in celebration of his 70th birthday. If you’ve listened to Adé’s recordings, you’ll know well that a typical hour-long set time is not friendly to his long-form, meandering compositions. This night’s long set will offer an experience of the full richness of his creativity and virtuosity.
The night will be opened by Nigerian artist Wunmi, deejayed by DJ TuneZ, and hosted by Humble Prince. Wunmi is an exciting singer, dancer and fashion designer whose music draws from house, Nigerian pop, funk, and Afrobeat.
Check out the promo video from the concert’s producer, Kampinc Entertainment:
Tickets are available here: http://tinyurl.com/ksaawi2016
We hope to see you there!