NEWS:Triple joy for the master guitarist as KSA Festival 2012 beckons

It’s triple joy for King of Juju Music, King Sunny Ade, who clocks 66 years today as plans for a memorable celebration were unveiled by the KSA Festival 2012 Committee at a press conference held at the Chinese Restaurant, Airport Hotel, Lagos, earlier in the week.

Addressing newsmen, Chairman of the organizing committee, Lekan Alabi, Olubadan of Ibadan Land stated that the KSA Festival 2012 will include the celebration of King Sunny Ade’s 66th birthday, his 50th year on stage and the 35th anniversary of his crowning as the King of Juju music. Said he: “The planning committee, which I am Chairman is mandated with organizing, mobilizing, publicizing and executing the three major events which are his 66th birthday, his 50th year on stage and the 35th year of his reign as King of Juju music.”

According to him, corporate bodies were already throwing their weight behind the event which will include among others a series of concerts in Nigeria, London and US. Meanwhile, he disclosed that the triple celebration will also include an exhibition of his stage craft including costumes, musical instruments and photographs slated for September 24 at Airport Hotel.
He added that come Independence Day, October 1, Premier Hotel, Ibadan, Oyo State, will host an all-star concert tagged: Evening with KSA, during which the likes of Dele Abiodun, Kollignton Ayinla, Salawa Abeni, Abass Obesere and Saheed Osupa will entertain. The event will also include an award/lecture session.

The present Alaafin, of Oyo, HRM Oba Dr. Lamidi Olayiwola in a historic move crowned KSA King of Juju music in 1977. Other members of the Planning Committee are Clement Ige, Aare Adegboyega Latoose, Chief Bunmi Adesanya, Akin Olaiya, Tade Makinde and Barrister Gbenga Makinde.

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