King Sunny Ade, the juju music maestro will top the bill featuring several Nigerian entertainers to kickstart pulsating African rhythms at Nigeria House, Theatre Square, Stratford between 19 July to 12 August. His performances form a key part of the New World Nigeria programme this summer. Renowned as one of the most influential musicians in the world music genre, Sunny will perform at the extravaganza on 23 July, with his compatriots, Wizboy, TuFace, MI and Tiwa Savage. On 24 July Sunny will again take to the stage with two other Nigerian stars, Keziah Jones and Bez, showcasing their individual talents. On 25 July the Nigerian Diasporama All Star band featuring Asa, Dele Sosimi and Tony Allen will perform, followed by Seun Kuti and his Egypt 80 band. Waheed Olagunju, General Manager, Strategic Planning, of Nigeria’s Bank of Industry (BOI), which is sponsoring the Nigerian stars as part of the country’s promotion of its culture, said: “Music lovers in London are in for a treat! They will enjoy top Nigerian talent, as we showcase different genres of music for everyone.” Sunny Ade alone should be more than worth the admission fee. Apart from being an acclaimed international entertainer, King Sunny Ade has collaborated with major artists such as Stevie Wonder, Manu Dibango, Youssou N’Dour and Salif Keita. In 2008 Sunny was given an award for his outstanding contribution to world music at the Reggae and world music awards held at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. Nigeria House will also showcase other creative arts such as Nollywood films, arts and crafts, and fashion exhibitions between 19 July and 12 August. Wole Soyinka’s play: The lion and the jewel will be staged late in July, The king must dance naked, by Fred Agbeyegbe, will be shown at the same venue on the 4th of August. Ticket information and bookings are via www.nigeriahouse2012.com
AFRICA STAGE (London Pleasure Gardens, Docklands) Saturday 21st July Representing Africa is a UK – Nigerian collaboration that will bring together generations of musicians to reflect a diversity of influences. King Sunny Ade’s one of Africa’s biggest forces - the man who put juju on the music map, will be working with some of the top brass of British jazz, led by trumpeter and music director, Byron Wallen. Celebrating the musical common ground to be found between the UK and Nigeria, the irresistible funky psychedelic sound of juju will form the backbone of the project using an instrumental core made up of members of King Sunny Ade's band and embellished by the cream of UK jazz talent. The UK line up includes Oren Marshall, Shabaka Hutchins, Rowland Sutherland, Trevor Mires and The Bays’ keys & electronic wiz, Simon Richmond. Special guests form Nigeria will also take centre stage fusing different styles from different generations from hi-life to hip hop to life. The performance will take place at London Pleasure Gardens on Saturday 21st July. Produced by British Council with No-Nation.
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