The great Nigerian musician King Sunny Ade returns to the U.S. for the first time since 2009. He’ll be at the Triple Door Aug. 10-11.
King Sunny Adé, the great Nigerian musician whose 1983 Bumbershoot concert effectively kicked off the world-music craze in Seattle, has not toured the U.S. since 2009. Adé circles back to the Northwest on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 10-11.
Adé, 69, is known for his modernization of the sensual, percolating swarm of sound known as juju, which incorporates pedal steel guitar — an instrument associated with American country music — African talking drums, electric guitar, call-and-answer vocal choruses in the Yoruba language and a battery of percussion.
The first Afro-pop star to storm America, Adé was a celebrity in his own country starting in the late ’60s. One of his most famous albums, “Live Live Juju,” was recorded at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre in 1987. Ade kicked off his current tour July 3 in New York City.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 10-11 at the Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $32-$40 (206-838-4333 or thetripledoor.net).
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