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Charted: April 9, 1983


Rating: 4.739 (average of 7 ratings)


Genre: world music


Quotable: “first-disc choice for…the Afro-pop curious” – Stephen Cook, All Music Guide


Album Tracks:

  1. Ja Funmi
  2. Eje Nlo Gba Ara Mi
  3. Mo Beru Agba
  4. Sunny Ti de Ariya
  5. Ma Jaiye Oni
  6. 365 Is My Number/ The Message
  7. Samba/ E Falaba Lewe


Sales:

sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
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sales worldwide - estimated --


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 111
peak on U.K. album chart --


Singles/Hit Songs:

  • none


Awards:

Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.


JuJu Music
King Sunny Ade
Review:
“After nearly 15 years as Nigeria’s biggest musical draw and juju music’s reigning monarch, King Sunny Ade went global in 1982 with a brief but fertile stint on the Mango label. The three albums that resulted – Juju Music, Synchro System, and Aura – gave Ade unprecedented exposure on the Western market and introduced a slew of music lovers to the sounds of Afro-pop” (Cook).

Juju Music was the first of Ade’s Mango titles and remains the best of the lot. Over the course of seven extended cuts, King Sunny Ade & His African Beats lay down their trademark mix of talking drum-driven grooves, multi-guitar weaves, lilting vocal harmonies, and pedal steel accents; for this major-label debut, the band also chucks in some tasteful synthesizer bits and a few reggae-dub flourishes. Besides classic juju pop like Ja Funmi and Ma Jaiye Oni, Ade and his 20-piece entourage serve up percussion breakdowns like Sunny Ti de Ariya and a heady blend of soul, dub, and synth noodlings on 365 Is My Number/ The Message. Throughout, Ade deftly inserts Hawaiian slide guitar licks and Spanish-tinged lines reminiscent of Hendrix’ ‘All Along the Watchtower.’ Juju Music should not only be the first-disc choice for Ade newcomers, but for the Afro-pop curious as well” (Cook).


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Last updated April 1, 2008.