Album Review

King Sunny Ade & His African Beats – “Bobby” – [Sunny Alade Recordings]

aarbor   5/20/2020   12-inch, International

King Sunny Ade was born into a Nigerian royal family. In his musical evolution he started playing in a highlife band then formed his own band, which has changed names several times over the years. This album is from 1983 when his band was called the African Beats. Bobby is “Bobby” Benson another Nigerian musician who died in May of 1983, to whom King Sunny is paying tribute with the suite on the B side of this record. Benson’s music was African melody with a Latin beat. But that sound is not reflected in the music here. Ade’s sound is a gentle griot style with modern instruments including pedal steel guitar, synthesizers, keyboards etc.  AArbor  


you heard it 20 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 97 days ago, Kimbrosia played Late Olabinjo (Bobby) Benson
  • 112 days ago, Ann Arbor played Late Olabinjo (Bobby) Benson
  • 118 days ago, Bryan Chandler played Bagogo Ba Ti Dun
  • 123 days ago, Slartibartfast played Late Olabinjo (Bobby) Benson
  • 129 days ago, Lucky Jae played Late Olabinjo (Bobby) Benson
Ray says

this is good. also would like to hear some Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey and his Inter-reformers Band


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