Legendary Nigerian musician, King Sunny Ade, KSA, yesterday made history as the first Nigerian artiste to be inducted into the Hard Rock Café Hall of Fame.
He is also the first Nigerian to have his memorabilia hanging from the Hard Rock Café. Hard Rock’s archive includes over 77,000 items, and is the largest private collection of Rock and Roll memorabilia in the world.
At the star-studded ceremony, which held at the Hard Rock Café, Oniru, Lagos, the youthful boyish-looking performer, donated rare items from his collections including his much-treasured Vintage Fender Guitar, shoes and album cover to hang as a memorabilia at the edifice.
A visibly excited KSA told the audience that he composed his hit track, “Synchro System”, with the Vintage Fender Guitar, which he was donating to Hard Rock Café.
Following the epoch-making ceremony, the septuagenarian juju musician joins the music greats who are already on the Hard Rock showcase. They include The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Brian Wilson and Elton John among others.
The first-of-its-kind donation was brokered by leading talent agency and event management company, Temple Management Company who are also putting together the highly-publicist grand concert for King Sunny Ade tagged Sunny On Sunday. The event is scheduled for December 11, at Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.
According to the organizers, it will feature performances by Awilo Logomba, Onyeka Onwenu, Sir Shina Peters, Darey, Omawumi, Terry Apala, Jeff and Tyson Noir. Others are Jimmy Cliff, Youssou N’Dour and Awilo Longomba and Salif Keita among others
To commemorate the induction, international whisky brand, Chivas, also presented the 70-year-old musician with a Chivas Regal 25-Year Original Blended Whisky. The brand also created a signature drink for KSA, titled Ondo Regale, which served as cocktails at the induction.
Overwhelmed by the gesture, KSA said, “I’m thrilled to be the first Nigerian musician to donate personal items to Hard Rock’s world-famous collection and to be showcased alongside other legendary artistes. For me, this is more than just a ceremony; it is an opportunity to pass on a cultural legacy and inspire new generations of musicians around the globe.
I feel extremely honoured and blessed. Never in my career did I see this happening.” The veteran musician who has been dubbed the king of Juju Music has been nominated twice for the Grammy Awards. His illustrious career has produced a lot of albums featuring international collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Manu Dibango, and Youssou N’Dour.