African Music Festival in Prospect Park Saturday – lineup includes King Sunny Adé (who played Rothbury – pics)
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
King Sunny Adé @ Rothbury 2009
Celebrate Brooklyn!'s annual all-day festival of music, food and crafts features a lineup of music selected to keep dancers moving into the night. This year's headliner is the great King Sunny Adé of Nigeria. The bill also includes a rare U.S. appearance by South Africa's Freshly Ground; The Mandingo Ambassadors, from NYC by way of Guinea, whose music "has been structured to make you feel good" (The New York Times); the wild Senegalese drum troupe Cheikh M'Baye & Sing Sing; the powerful Brooklyn-born, Ghanaian vocalist Abena Koomson; and whirling traditional Egyptian dancer, Yasser Darwish.
King Sunny Adé, who plays juju music, "a Nigerian style characterized by interlocking guitars, talking drums and lap-steel," will also be inducted into the Afropop Hall of Fame at the free concert. He recently played a set at the 2009 Rothbury Music Festival. More pictures from that, with Saturday's times and videos of King Sunny Adé, below...
Celebrate Brooklyn's African Music Festival, June 18th schedule
* 2:00 - Cheikh M'Baye & Sing Sing
* 3:00 - Yasser Darwish
* 3:40 - Abena Koomsom
* 4:40 - The Mandingo Ambassadors
* 6:00 - Freshly Ground
* 7:30 - King Sunny Ade
KING SUNNY ADE in Atlanta '04
King Sunny Ade - M.K.O Abiola
Sunny Ade - Surprise - 1
Onyeka Onwenu & King Sunny Ade : Wait for me