Juju Music

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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
After nearly 15 years as Nigeria's biggest musical draw and juju music's reigning monarch, King Sunny Ade went global in 1982 with a brief but fertile stint on the Mango label. The three albums that resulted -- Juju Music, Synchro System, and Aura -- gave Ade unprecedented exposure on the Western market and introduced a slew of music lovers to the sounds of Afro-pop. Juju Music was the first of Ade's Mango titles and remains the best of the lot. Over the course of seven extended cuts, King Sunny Ade & His African Beats lay down their trademark mix of talking drum-driven grooves, multi-guitar weaves, lilting vocal harmonies, and pedal steel accents; for this major-label...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
After nearly 15 years as Nigeria's biggest musical draw and juju music's reigning monarch, King Sunny Ade went global in 1982 with a brief but fertile stint on the Mango label. The three albums that resulted -- Juju Music, Synchro System, and Aura -- gave Ade unprecedented exposure on the Western market and introduced a slew of music lovers to the sounds of Afro-pop. Juju Music was the first of Ade's Mango titles and remains the best of the lot. Over the course of seven extended cuts, King Sunny Ade & His African Beats lay down their trademark mix of talking drum-driven grooves, multi-guitar weaves, lilting vocal harmonies, and pedal steel accents; for this major-label debut, the band also chucks in some tasteful synthesizer bits and a few reggae-dub flourishes. Besides classic juju pop like "Ja Funmi" and "Ma Jaiye Oni," Ade and his 20-piece entourage serve up percussion breakdowns like "Sunny Ti de Ariya" and a heady blend of soul, dub, and synth noodlings on "365 Is My Number/The Message." Throughout, Ade deftly inserts Hawaiian slide guitar licks and Spanish-tinged lines reminiscent of Hendrix' "All Along the Watchtower." Juju Music should not only be the first-disc choice for Ade newcomers, but for the Afro-pop curious as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Fontana Island
  • UPC: 016253971226
  • Catalog Number: 539712
  • Sales rank: 9,161

Album Credits

Performance Credits
King Sunny Ade Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Shina Abiodun Conga
Mofes Acambi Drums
Ademola Adepoju Steel Guitar
Adisa Adeyemi Bongos
Jacob Ajakaye Vocals
Rasaki Aladokun African Drums, talking drum
Gani Alashe Shekere
Michael Babalola Maracas
Tunde Demiola Vocals
Niyi Falaye Vocals
Jomoh Gbadamosi African Drums, talking drum
Segun Hori Guitar
Jelili Lawal Bass
Segun Llori Guitar
Martin Meissonnier Keyboards
Bob Ohiri Guitar
John Okeumeu Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Alhaji Timmy Olaitan Drums, African Drums
Matthew Olojede Vocals
Femi Owomoyela Vocals
Segun Shokumbi Vocals
Technical Credits
King Sunny Ade Composer
Gani Alashe Contributor
Martin Meissonnier Producer
Katrin Lesevre Engineer
Martin Meissonier Producer
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