Wow! A chance to talk with a legend of African Music, King Sunny Ade! For me this is a dream come true, there are few musicians as influential as King Sunny Ade who brought the Juju music of Nigeria to the world. Here we speak with him in depth about his life and the roots of his music.
King Sunny Ade came on the scene in 1966 and made his first big record in 1967. He became an international star across Africa during the mid-1980s, touring and gaining a significant audience in the United States and Europe as well. He is known as “the Minister of Enjoyment” or “the King Of Juju Music.”
If you are new to the music, I highly recommend you start with his Juju Music or Synchro System albums. Also for the roots of this music search for “apala” music . Much gratitute to World Music Institute for arranging this interview! This episode is supported by the Rubin Museum of Art.
Whoa! This one went viral. Here is the full hour podcast interview and below is a half hour of video interview with George Porter. As the bass player of the Meters, George Porter, Jr. defined one of the most influential styles of popular music. It’s now called “Funk.” Beyond that he’s on a million records including all the killer material coming out of the Sea-Saint studio in New Orleans with cats like Allen Toussaint, Earl King, Lee Dorsey, Johnny Adams, Irma Thomas, The Lastie Brothers and later with people like Paul McCartney and John Scofield, (check out Sco’s Piety Street Album!)
George Porter Jr. and his Funky Friends will be in performing in New York City
Here’s the full half hour of video from the second part of the interview where he teaches how NOT to play “Cissy Strut”
Fela used music as a weapon against injustice. He was beaten, arrested over 200 times, married 27 women and was buried in a glass coffin with a spliff in his hand. We’re still trying to get a handle on who he was and what he means. In this podcast we’ll be talking with his son Femi Kuti, Alex Gibney, Academy Award winning director of the new documentary “Finding Fela,” his friend and manager Rikki Stein and producer Stephen Handel.