Juju Music

The many musical styles of Nigeria are an extraordinary fluid mix of traditional African rhythms and Western jazz, funk, hip hop and soul. Powerful Nigerian musicians such as Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade have both influenced and were influenced by generations of Western musicians King Sunny Ade (known in Nigeria as KSA) is one of the fathers of JUJU MUSIC, a Nigerian form of party music that added Yoruba percussion to West African “palm-wine.”Ade’s long-time rivalry with juju-evangelist-turned-Christian-evangelist “Chief Commander” Ebenezer Obey helped make JUJU wildly popular in Nigeria from the ’60s until the ’80s. Watch KSA on YouTube performing “Me Le Se.” (Visit the Chief Commader on Facebook.)

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