There are a few different reasons why you should be excited about the just announced King Sunny Ade concert at the Echoplex on Friday, May 7, which Jason Bentley scooped and announced on Morning Becomes Eclectic this morning. First, if you're a clumsy dancer and want to steal a few effervescent moves from a master of the understated maneuver, King Sunny is your man. He does these little half-steps and elbow buckles that are incredibly easy, efficient, and very suave — David Byrne owes the King some dance royalties, if there were such a thing.
Second, King Sunny Ade is, along with Fela Kuti, one of the first African artists to make a dent in the American market; in the late 1970s and early 1980s, King Sunny released a few brilliant albums on Island Records that showcased rhythmic “Juju Music,” a funky thing that was rising in Africa. The Nigerian master's Juju Music stands today as one of the classics of the era, and sounds incredibly fresh nearly 30 years after its release.
So: King Sunny Ade is playing the Echoplex — as well as the Playboy Jazz Fest at the Hollywood Bowl. Get excited (six months early!).
A few choice gems after the jump.
Please stop arguing with King Sunny and do it with him already:
Watch these subtle dance moves:
This is the funk: