Veteran Juju music maestro, King Sunny Ade has officially become the first Nigerian to join the Hard Rock Cafe Lagos Music Memorabilia Collection on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at an induction ceremony in Lagos.
The event which held at Hard Rock Cafe, Oniru, had KSA as Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye is fondly called, donate rare items from his collections including a vintage Fender Guitar, shoes and album cover.
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-publicised grand concert for King Sunny Ade tagged Sunny On Sunday scheduled for December 11th at Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.
To commemorate the induction, Chivas also did present King Sunny Ade with a Chivas Regal 25 Year Original Blended Whisky; and created a signature drink for KSA, titled Ondo Regale, which was debuted, and served as cocktails at the induction.
“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 artists,” said King Sunny Ade. “For me, this is more than just a ceremony; it’s an opportunity to pass on a cultural legacy and inspire new generations of musicians around the globe.”
“It’s a great honor to be able to pay homage to the rich and historic musical roots in Lagos with a memorabilia donation from King Sunny Ade,” said Sanjay Mathani, CEO of Hard Rock Cafe Lagos. “Hard Rock embraces all genres of music, and we are proud to support such a talented and influential artist.”
Other greats who are on the Hard Rock showcase include, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Brian Wilson and Elton John among others.
After he first encountered music at the age of 12 in 1958 at Osogbo, Osun State, KSA has risen to global recognition with two Grammy-Award nominations and three Hollywood movie features and hundreds of recordings, which includes international collaborations.
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-publicized grand concert for King Sunny Ade tagged “Sunny On Sunday” scheduled for Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Federal palace Hotel in Lagos.
“Celebrating King Sunny Ade is something of a national assignment for us at Temple Management Company that must be carried out,” said Terfa Tilley-Gyado, Director of Communications, Temple Management.
“An induction into the Hard Rock’s famous memorabilia collection is just one of such responsibilities that will culminate at a grand concert that Nigerians have never witnessed come December 11,” he added.
The concert tagged Sunny On Sunday will hold at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos and will feature Awilo Logomba, Onyeka Onwenu, Sir Shina Peters, Darey, Omawumi, Terry Apala, Jeff and Tyson Noir.