Tunde Odunlade Presentation on King Sunny Ade

UCLA Arts and The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music present a multimedia exhibition honoring King Sunny Ade, presented by Nigerian Artist and Musician Tunde Odunlade.

Monday, April 28, 2008
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Lenart Auditorium
Fowler Museum at UCLA
enter Westwood and Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90095


  • 5:30 PM - pre-lecture reception in the Fowler Courtyard – ADDED EVENT
  • 6:30 PM - multimedia presentation by Tunde Odunlade

King Sunny Ade

  • King Sunny Ade, "The Minister of Enjoyment" and international star of Juju music, was born Prince Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye to a Nigerian royal family in Ondo in western Nigeria in 1946.  After being installed as the King of All Musicians by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, he became popularly known as King Sunny Ade (KSA). Beginning in the 1960's, his numerous recordings and live concert appearances brought the music of Nigeria to an international audience, and he introduced new instruments and musical influences from around the world (including rock, reggae, and country-western) to Nigerian popular music.  Trey Anastasio of the rock band Phish said, "If you must come to see Sunny Ade live, you must be prepared to groove all night."
  • Tunde Odunlade is an internationally acclaimed print and textile artist who has exhibited, taught, lectured, studied and traveled extensively within Nigeria and throughout North America and Europe.  He was a member of the Nigerian National Drama Troupe and various other theatrical organizations, and has recorded several CDs that integrate poetry and music.  He lives in Ibadan, in southwestern Nigeria.

Tunde Odunlade

  • Odunlade curated the multimedia exhibition Igba Odun, Odun Kan ("Two Hundred Years Equal One Year") on the life of King Sunny Ade.  The exhibition (which includes paintings, photographs, sculptures, costumes, awards, album jackets, newspaper clippings, beaded crowns, video and audio) presents KSA's life and career in historical perspective, and is organized around the six decades of his life.


Cost : Free and open to the public; pay-by-space and all-day ($8) parking available in lot 4.

For more information please contact:

UCLA ArtsTel: 310-206-6465


Sponsor(s): , UCLA Arts, The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.