Temple management has announced Mavin Records Queen, Tiwa Savage, as the latest addition to the roll call of performers to celebrate the juju music maestro as fun loving Lagosians gear up for the King Sunny Ade 70th birthday concert tagged Sunny on Sunday.
She joins a star-studded list of artistes including the likes of Awilo Logomba, Onyeka Onwenu, Sir Shina Peters, Darey, Omawumi, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Iyanya, Jeff and Tyson Noir.
Similarly, Temple Management Company, who are the brain behind the event, have also unveiled the Jenifa’s Diary duo of Funke Akindele and Lolo Omotunde to join Tee A as hosts for the night.
Packaged by leading talent agency and event management firm, Temple Management Company, the world-class concert holds this Sunday (Today), December 11 at the Temple Balmoral Marquee, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. It will be shown live by Multichoice Nigeria on DStv Channel 198 and GOtv Channel 29 on Sunday, 11 December, 2016.
Speaking on her performance, Tiwa Savage enthused, “Personally, I have been looking forward to honouring King Sunny Ade and when this chance came, I grabbed. Long before I dreamt of pursuing a music career, King Sunny Ade has paved the way for us especially on the international stage. On a personal note, I still remember how he cancelled other requests to perform at my wedding ceremony and I will never forget that rare act of graciousness,” she said.
Another major highlight of the event will be the auction of one of King Sunny Ade’s famous guitar masterfully painted award-winning artiste, Victor Ehikhamenor. According to Terfa Tilley-Gyado, Director Communication, Temple Management, the masterpiece is a collector’s item and has been receiving anonymous bids. United Auction House, he noted, will moderate the session.
“When you are given the opportunity to add a line to the history of a legend, you’d better ask God to take your hand and guide your senses. I’ve loved King Sunny Ade’s music for the longest time and his rhythm is one of the best companions in my studio when working.
“It was a pleasure creating on this guitar for his 70th birthday concert coming up this December. I just heard him say on TV ‘I have many guitars, but this is my favourite. I call it my baby.’ Now Bellagio, Italy just got warmer for me this winter morning,” he said.