The KSA Memoir: How my musical career started during the civil war

KSA…’My Career started during Nigeria’s turbulent moments

Today we begin a new
series titled “KSA:Untold Story of the
Birth & Life of
a legend”
which is to commemorate the 70th birthday of the African born King
of World Beat, King (Dr.) Sunday Adeniyi
Adegeye aka King Sunny Ade
. In this series, we will be sharing the life
experiences and life changing challenges of a great world music band leader
with you.


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The story of one of World’s biggest and most talented musicologist, Otunba (Dr.) Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye aka King Sunny Ade (KSA) will thrill you like his guitar vibes. It will
enhance your native wisdom about life, it will correct your impression about
certain norms in Africa and especially in Yoruba land. It will help you grow
wise and smart in the doctrine of Christianity. 
Your Africa’s number 1 Celebrity encounter blog Asabeafrika has taken the pain to search for the biggest revelation
in the music world. Keep your learning curves open  as you read the story written by nobody but
the king himself—KSA
. Enjoy!

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KSA….In his early days

Those who contributed
to my early career…
Words
always fail me each time I want to express my appreciation.  This is because I have reasons to be
grateful; very grateful to God and many people for my life and career.  Since I have no other medium, but words, I am
restricted to using them.  First of all,
my special thanks to the Almighty, whom it has pleased to preserve my life and
promote my career up to the point of deserving being documented in a book
form.  Each time I think about how far I
have come, I am always overwhelmed by the support I have received from fans and
well-wishers at various stages and in different circumstances.  Of the countless people who have made a habit
of supporting me, one gentleman that readily comes to my mind is Alhaji
S.O. Babalola
,
whose contributions to my career have been immense.  His love and support for my band, especially
during the civil war era in Nigeria is almost beyond belief.  He ensured that the band was not overwhelmed
by the difficulties experienced by many during the war.  One major feature of wars is the imposition
of curfew.

During the war, General Olu Bajowa, then a
Lieutenant-Colonel in Nigerian Army, assisted our band in getting the Army
authorities to grant us a pass that ensured that our activities as musicians
were not disrupted in any way”

KSA…The Master Composer

This
restricts the movement of civilians at war time.  During the war, General Olu Bajowa, then a Lieutenant-Colonel in Nigerian Army,
assisted our band in getting the Army authorities to grant us a pass that
ensured that our activities as musicians were not disrupted in any way.  I also cannot forget Erelu Folasade Aina, who has been a mother-figure to my band since
the earliest days.  Another significant
contributor to our success was also a social club known as Awam Men Society. Comprising of the biggest socialites, the club
was responsible for entrenching us on the social circuit.

KSA…The Stage Master

Members
of this club included General Adeyinka
Adebayo
, then Military Governor of Western State; Kabiyesi Alaiyeluwa, Oba Okunade Sijuwade (then Prince), the Ooni
of Ife
; Chief Abolarinwa Abioro,
Chief Lekan Salami, Chief Leke Oshijinrin, Chief Ojolowo Ojuko, Chief Werenise Oluwa and Chief Okunnubi.  Other clubs that provided platform of patronage
to my band included Aburi Special Club, Lagos Island Club, Ikoyi Club
1938,
Yoruba Tennis Club, Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Ikeja Country Club
of Nigeria
, Favorite Club, Ibadan Tennis Club, Ibadan
Recreation Club
, Zenith Club of
Ondo,
Ambassador Club of Ondo, Mercury Club of Ondo, Oshogbo Recreation Club, Obokun Social of Ilesha and Ilorin Social Club among others.  In similar vein, we were also kept in
business by the various societies in the nation’s higher institutions.  Datum
Club of Yaba
College of Technology,
Sigma Club of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Havana
Club
of University of Ibadan and Alfa Club of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.  They all showed love and respect to our band.

KSA…The Historian

(Excerpts from the
book; KSA: My Life, My Music by King Sunny Ade. Read ‘How KSA became famous’ tomorrow on
this blog)

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