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River of Music: Africa Stage (2012) 44 - King Sunny Ade & his African Beats

21st July 2012 at London Pleasure Gardens, London E16.


BT River of Music Festival (free event, apart from booking fee).

This Festival was part of London 2010. Across 2 days and 6 stages it aimed to present musicians from every country represented at the Olympic and Paralympic games.


Country: Nigeria. Style: Rap.


Lineup: King Sunny Ade [Sunday Adeniyi] (v/g) plus guitar, table steel guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, drum kit, congas, two djembe, three talking drummers, and three dancers and guests: Byron Wallen's Adventures in Brass - Byron Wallen (trumpet), Shabaka Hutchings (tenor sax), Trevor Mires (trombone), Rowland Sutherland (flute), Oren Marshall (tuba), Simon Richmond (synthisizer), Wizboyy (v), Weird MC [Adesola Adesimbo Idowu] (v).


Sunny Ade is a Yoruba from Ondo in south western Nigeria. After becoming a star in Nigeria, he was one of the first African artists to be promoted in the west. He was accompanied throughtout the concert by a British brass section led by Byron Wallen. There were guestspots from Nigerian rappers Wizboyy and Weird MC.

In this photo: Weird MC.

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Taken on July 21, 2012