Live Video: The Best Ambiance 25th Anniversary with King Sunny Ade

Christopher Nelson

Christopher Nelson

The Best Ambiance, KEXP’s African music show on Monday nights, is continuing its long run into its 25th this year, and host Jon Kertzer celebrated the anniversary with one of the artists who started it all for him, King Sunny Ade. The Chairman, as he is known, is now in his sixties but continues to be a vital force long after he pioneered the concept of “World Music” by bringing Nigerian Yoruba juju music to parts of the world outside of Africa, particularly to the West. To the Triple Door in Seattle, King Sunny Ade brought with him His African Beats, or at least a selection of them, this time only 15 of a possible 52 member band comprised of contemporary musicians and traditional Yoruba talking drummers. As you can tell immediately from the photos and videos, the band was as much a visual feast as an auditory one. Enjoy Christopher Nelson’s amazing photos and this selection of songs from the session, which was broadcast live on KEXP (and don’t miss the hip-shaking “Dance Medley” at the end!).

Look for videos from Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, who also performed at the anniversary show, coming up soon!

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  1. Posted July 23, 2009 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    Lovely stuff. Thanks.

  2. AlexGuitarNW
    Posted July 23, 2009 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Awesome vids!! I love African music. So many diverse rhythms and funky beats to with them.

  3. Dele Ogunfuye
    Posted November 5, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Awesome video

  4. Said
    Posted May 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Long life King Sunny Ade you are the best. Is video concert available for sale ?

  5. adekanmbi oladapo
    Posted September 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    i love this,its lovely.

  6. Olamide
    Posted September 23, 2017 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    I found the videos on Youtube last month(August, 2017) and I had to save it for offline playback, awesome performance all through. I am still dancing to ‘Me Le Se’ as I type this one month later. The live performances are always ‘lit’. Thanks Kexp!

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