Thursday, 22 September 2016

The KSA Memoir: How my musical career started during the civil war


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KSA...'My Career started during Nigeria's turbulent moments

Today we begin a new series titled “KSA:Untold Story of the Birth & Life of a legend” which is to commemorate the 70th birthday of the African born King of World Beat, King (Dr.) Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye aka King Sunny Ade. In this series, we will be sharing the life experiences and life changing challenges of a great world music band leader with you.

The story of one of World’s biggest and most talented musicologist, Otunba (Dr.) Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye aka King Sunny Ade (KSA) will thrill you like his guitar vibes. It will enhance your native wisdom about life, it will correct your impression about certain norms in Africa and especially in Yoruba land. It will help you grow wise and smart in the doctrine of Christianity.  Your Africa’s number 1 Celebrity encounter blog Asabeafrika has taken the pain to search for the biggest revelation in the music world. Keep your learning curves open  as you read the story written by nobody but the king himself—KSA. Enjoy!
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KSA....In his early days

Those who contributed to my early career…
Words always fail me each time I want to express my appreciation.  This is because I have reasons to be grateful; very grateful to God and many people for my life and career.  Since I have no other medium, but words, I am restricted to using them.  First of all, my special thanks to the Almighty, whom it has pleased to preserve my life and promote my career up to the point of deserving being documented in a book form.  Each time I think about how far I have come, I am always overwhelmed by the support I have received from fans and well-wishers at various stages and in different circumstances.  Of the countless people who have made a habit of supporting me, one gentleman that readily comes to my mind is Alhaji S.O. Babalola, whose contributions to my career have been immense.  His love and support for my band, especially during the civil war era in Nigeria is almost beyond belief.  He ensured that the band was not overwhelmed by the difficulties experienced by many during the war.  One major feature of wars is the imposition of curfew.

During the war, General Olu Bajowa, then a Lieutenant-Colonel in Nigerian Army, assisted our band in getting the Army authorities to grant us a pass that ensured that our activities as musicians were not disrupted in any way”

KSA...The Master Composer

This restricts the movement of civilians at war time.  During the war, General Olu Bajowa, then a Lieutenant-Colonel in Nigerian Army, assisted our band in getting the Army authorities to grant us a pass that ensured that our activities as musicians were not disrupted in any way.  I also cannot forget Erelu Folasade Aina, who has been a mother-figure to my band since the earliest days.  Another significant contributor to our success was also a social club known as Awam Men Society. Comprising of the biggest socialites, the club was responsible for entrenching us on the social circuit.


KSA...The Stage Master

Members of this club included General Adeyinka Adebayo, then Military Governor of Western State; Kabiyesi Alaiyeluwa, Oba Okunade Sijuwade (then Prince), the Ooni of Ife; Chief Abolarinwa Abioro, Chief Lekan Salami, Chief Leke Oshijinrin, Chief Ojolowo Ojuko, Chief Werenise Oluwa and Chief Okunnubi.  Other clubs that provided platform of patronage to my band included Aburi Special Club, Lagos Island Club, Ikoyi Club 1938, Yoruba Tennis Club, Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Ikeja Country Club of Nigeria, Favorite Club, Ibadan Tennis Club, Ibadan Recreation Club, Zenith Club of Ondo, Ambassador Club of Ondo, Mercury Club of Ondo, Oshogbo Recreation Club, Obokun Social of Ilesha and Ilorin Social Club among others.  In similar vein, we were also kept in business by the various societies in the nation’s higher institutions.  Datum Club of Yaba College of Technology, Sigma Club of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Havana Club of University of Ibadan and Alfa Club of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.  They all showed love and respect to our band.


KSA...The Historian

(Excerpts from the book; KSA: My Life, My Music by King Sunny Ade. Read ‘How KSA became famous’ tomorrow on this blog)

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