Legendary Nigerian musician, King Sunny Ade, today made history as the first Nigerian artiste to be inducted into the Hard Rock Café Hall of Fame.
He is also the first Nigerian to have his memorabilia hanging from the Hard Rock Café. Hard Rock’s archive includes over 77,000 items, and is the largest private collection of Rock and Roll memorabilia in the world.
At the star-studded ceremony, which held at the Hard Rock Café, Oniru, Lagos, the youthful boyish-looking performer, donated rare items from his collections including his much-treasured Vintage Fender Guitar, shoes and album cover to hang as a memorabilia at the edifice.
A visibly excited KSA told the audience that he composed his hit track, Synchro System, with the Vintage Fender Guitar, which he was donating to Hard Rock Café.
Following the epoch-making ceremony, the Juju maestro joins the music greats who are already on the Hard Rock showcase. They include The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Brian Wilson and Elton John among others.
The first-of-its-kind donation was brokered by leading talent agency and event management company, Temple Management Company who are also putting together the highly-publicised grand concert for King Sunny Ade tagged Sunny On Sunday. The event is scheduled for December 11 at Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.
It will feature performances by Awilo Logomba, Onyeka Onwenu, Sir Shina Peters, Darey, Omawumi, Terry Apala, Jeff and Tyson Noir. Others are Jimmy Cliff, Youssou N’Dour and Awilo Longomba and Salif Keita among others
To commemorate the induction, international whisky brand, Chivas, also presented the 70-year-old musician with a Chivas Regal 25-Year Original Blended Whisky. The brand also created a signature drink for KSA, titled Ondo Regale, which was served as cocktails at the induction.
Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES shortly after the event, KSA said, “I’m thrilled to be the first Nigerian musician to donate personal items to Hard Rock’s world-famous collection and to be showcased alongside other legendary artistes. For me, this is more than just a ceremony; it is an opportunity to pass on a cultural legacy and inspire new generations of musicians around the globe. I feel extremely honoured and blessed. Never in my career did I see this happening”
“Celebrating King Sunny Ade is something of a national assignment for us at Temple Management Company that must be carried out. KSA is clearly one of Nigeria’s music exports and needs to be treated as such. With the induction, King Sunny Ade will now rank among other Hard Rock world greats whose music paraphernalia dots the walls of the franchise business across the world,” said Director of Communications, Temple Management, Terfa Tilley-Gyado.
The veteran musician who has been dubbed the king of Juju Music has been nominated twice for the Grammy Awards. His illustrious career has produced a lot of albums featuring international collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Manu Dibango, and Youssou N’Dour.
Since he first encountered music at the age 12 in 1958 at Osogbo, Osun State, KSA has risen to global recognition with two Grammy-Award nominations and three Hollywood movie features and hundreds of recordings, which includes international collaborations.