King Sunny Ade is no stranger to any lover of music home and abroad as the living legend’s still got it, but it took decades for his family to come around.
The pioneer of World music who has earned 2 Grammy nominations in the course of his career which has spanned several decades, shared details about his life in a recent interview.
The 70-year-old who was recently inducted into the Hard Rock Hall of Fame noted that though he had loved music since his early days, it was not his first career choice. He wanted to be an engineer, a pilot or an athlete and also considered studying medicine because of his passion for helping others.
However, while attending school in Osogbo, King Sunny Ade joined the Boys Brigade where his sojourn into music started and he decided to stick with it.
Speaking on his family’s reaction to his career choice, the multi-instrumentalist noted that they refused vehemently especially since he was born into royalty. According to them, musicians played for the kings and princes not the other way round.
“How would I be playing? For who?”was their This was their reaction to his decision to pursue music.
He, however, went on to continue with his passion without the knowledge of his family members.
“They’ve just forgiven me not quite long now, about 10,20 years ago,” he confessed about his family.
During his interview, KSA as he is called, named some of his mentors in the industry, which include; Paul Play I.K Dairo, Dr Victor Olaiya and his former boss, Moses Olaiya, the popular Baba Sala comedian.
King Sunny Ade who is billed to perform at the 2017 Coachella stated that the international recognition he has received in the course of his career is an added advantage. It allowed him represent Nigeria and the black race at large.
He admonished upcoming musicians to believe in God and in themselves, stating that they needed to find themselves first and know their abilities before a career in music. He urged them not to forget their roots and ensure that they sell African music to the world.