KSA donates to Hard Rock’s memorabilia collection
Ahead of the grand concert to mark his 70th Birthday, veteran Nigerian musician and Grammy Award nominee, Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye, popularly known as King Sunny Ade, on Wednesday, November 30, became the the first Nigerian musician to donate pieces from his personal reserve to Hard Rock’s world-famous memorabilia collection.
The Juju maestro donated a vintage Fender Guitar and other personal items, including an album cover and a pair of shoes, at a special session held in his honour at the Hard Rock Cafe Lagos.
“I’m thrilled to be the first Nigerian musician to donate personal items to Hard Rock’s world-famous collection and to be showcased alongside other legendary artistes. For me, this is more than just a ceremony; it’s an opportunity to pass on a cultural legacy and inspire new generations of musicians around the globe,” he said.
KSA’s personal items will join more than 81,000 pieces of music memorabilia that Hard Rock has acquired over its 45-year history. Other iconic pieces include Madonna’s wedding dress from ‘Like a Virgin,’ John Lennon’s wireframe tinted glasses, Jim Morrison’s famous brown leather pants and more.
Speaking at the event, the CEO of Hard Rock Café Lagos Sanjay Mathani said, “It’s a great honor to be able to pay homage to the rich and historic musical roots in Lagos with a memorabilia donation from King Sunny Ade. Hard Rock embraces all genres of music, and we are proud to support such a talented and influential artist.”
The first-of-its-kind donation was brokered by leading talent agency and event management company, Temple Management Company, who are also putting together the highly-publicized grand concert for King Sunny Ade tagged Sunny On Sunday, scheduled for Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Federal palace Hotel in Lagos.
“Celebrating King Sunny Ade is something of a national assignment for us at Temple Management Company that must be carried out,” said Terfa Tilley-Gyado, Director of Communications, Temple Management.
“An induction into the Hard Rock’s famous memorabilia collection is just one of such responsibilities that will culminate at a grand concert that Nigerians have never witnessed come December 11,” he added.
Comedian Bovi, who spoke on behalf of other artistes, appreciated KSA’s contributions to the industry, describing him as a true Nigerian legend.
The forthcoming concert will feature the likes of Awilo Logomba, Onyeka Onwenu, Sir Shina Peters, Darey, Omawumi, Terry Apala, Jeff and Tyson Noir.