Seven Degrees North

Seven Degrees North

by King Sunny Ade


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Seven Degrees North

The CEO of Afro-pop, King Sunny Ade is poised to reconquer the international scene with SEVEN DEGREES NORTH, the follow-up to his Grammy-nominated ODU. During the first wave of world beat in the '80s, the percolating wonder of King Sunny's African Beats made the juju monarch a rumored successor to Bob Marley's throne. Consolidating his stock during the dog days of grunge, King Sunny turned his attention to his holdings in Lagos, presiding over his various record labels, nightclubs, recording studio, oil company, video production house, and even running for Nigeria's newly democratic senate. But times have changed, and the epic jamming of post-Dead HORDEsters has opened up a new market for the King's relentless boogie. When all the polyrhythmic stars of his band are aligned -- talking drums, multiple guitars, bells, shekere, and his signature weeping pedal steel -- the African Beats kick up a head of steam that's hard to beat. SEVEN DEGREES NORTH is best when the band is allowed to heat up on the nine-minute "Solution" and "Ariya," which unfold like luxurious carpets of rhythm, and "Ogidan O Ni Se Barber," which lets Biodun Fatoke tell a story on pedal steel. But the King can make a point, too, on the short, sharp "Samba" which opens the album with a funky breakdown signaling the good things to come. With more than three decades of solid performance, King Sunny Ade continues to be a worthwhile investment.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/26/2009
Label: Mesa / Bluemoon
UPC: 0644949110026
catalogNumber: 91100

Album Credits

Performance Credits

King Sunny Ade   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
John Akpan   Rhythm Guitar
Jelili Lawal   Bass Guitar
Femi Owomoyela   Vocals
Wesley Wirth   Bass Guitar
Remi Abegunde   Bass Guitar
Shina Omoroga   Conga,Vocals
Jonah Williams   Keyboards
Akin Ajayi   Rhythm Guitar
Biodun Fatoke   Steel Guitar
Kemi Akanni   Vocals
Bola Abimbola   Vocals,Shekere
Segun Ajayi   Rhythm Guitar
Alukase   talking drum,Shakara

Technical Credits

Andrew Frankel   Producer
George Nauful   Executive Producer
Mark Tanzer   Engineer
Mark Wessel   Engineer

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