king sunny ade

As one of the most influential musicians in Africa, King Sunny Ade attracts fans from all over the world who thrill at the infectious sound of polyrhythmic music called Juju. Dubbed the "Minister of Enjoyment," his shows with his 20-30 member band, the African Beats, produce a hypnotic spectacle of color and rhythm that should not be missed. After a disappointing cancellation last year because of global Visa issues, Ade will return to Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion on July 18 for a highly anticipated performance.

A pioneer in the Juju sound which is based on ancient Yoruba traditions blended with pop influences, Ade uses electric guitars and synthesizers to amplify indigenous instruments like the talking drums. The multi-talented musician has produced over 100 albums, including the seminal "Juju Music." Ade's live shows are legendary, non-stop parties that inspire even non-dancers to shake their hips.


Chicago singer/songwriter, poet Ugochi opens for King Sunny Ade in what promises to be an exhilarating introduction to the joyful power of African music. Born to Nigerian parents and skilled at mixing African rhythms with an array of influences including reggae, jazz and soul, her music celebrates a global African sound. She'll perform her dynamic album A.S.E ("Afro Soul Effect"). 

The Essentials

King Sunny Ade with Ugochi
Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph
July 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Admission: FREE


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