AS the grand concert in celebration of King Sunny Ade’s 70th birthday holds tonight, organisers have announced Mavin Records Queen, Tiwa Savage,as an addition to the impressive list of performers at the show.
Tagged Sunny On Sunday, the show for the Juju music icon promises a star-studded list of artistes including Awilo Logomba, Onyeka Onwenu, Sir Shina Peters, Darey, Omawumi, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Iyanya, Jeff and Tyson Noir.
Organisers of the show, Temple Management Company, have also unveiled the Jenifa’s Diary duo of Funke Akindele and Lolo Omotunde to join comedian Tee A as hosts for the night.
The concert which holds tonight at the Temple Balmoral Marquee, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, will be shown live on DStv Channel 198 and GOtv Channel 29.
Speaking on her performance, Tiwa Savage enthused, “Personally, I have been looking forward to honouring King Sunny Ade and when this chance came, I grabbed it. Long before I dreamt of pursuing a music career, King Sunny Ade has paved the way for us especially on the international stage. On a personal note, I still remember how he cancelled other requests to perform at my wedding ceremony and I will never forget that rare act of graciousness.
Another major highlight of the event will be the auction of one of King Sunny Ade’s famous guitar masterfully painted by award-winning artiste, Victor Ehikhamenor. According to Terfa Tilley-Gyado, Director Communication, Temple Management, the master-piece is a collector’s item and has been receiving anonymous bids. The section will be moderated by United Auction House.
An ecstatic Ehikhamenor said, “When you are given the opportunity to add a line to the history of a legend, you’d better ask God to take your hand and guide your senses. I’ve loved King Sunny Ade’s music for the longest time and his rhythm is one of the best companions in my studio when working.
He added, “it was a pleasure creating on this guitar for his 70th birthday concert coming up this December. I just heard him say on TV “I have many guitars, but this is my favourite. I call it my baby.” Now Bellagio, Italy just got warmer for me this winter morning.
On a radio appearance, King Sunny Ade has promised his fans one of the biggest gifts. “This is one of my biggest nights ever and I promise to give my audience something to remember for a long time to come.”