Tuesday, April 23, 2024
YORUBA MUSIC-MAKERS OF YESTERYEARS

YORUBA MUSIC-MAKERS OF YESTERYEARS

– Their Thoughts

CHIEF SUNDAY ADEGEYE ADENIYI

(King Sunny Ade – KSA)

YORUBA: “Iwo t’o j’awe s’enu l’oju odi; o tun nd’agunla alaisan. Oun’se lakalaka l’oju aro; o po’kun po mo kelebe, o ni k’afoju wa mu’kan yangan. Ojiji nwo o.”

ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY DELE AJAJA: “You wield leaves with your mouth, to spite the deaf-mute; and disparage the infirm, too. You amble crookedly in the presence of the crippled; you stir mucus with phlegm, and urge the blind to gulp a glass. The shadow (conscience) is watching you.”

– From the city of Ondo, Ondo-State, Nigeria, King Sunny Ade is one of the living pillars of the popular Juju Music in Africa. He was (and remains) famous for charming his huge fans in Africa, Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia with vivacious, pleasurable, and cultural ditties.

IMAGE: King Sunny Ade – KSA, one of the living pillars of Juju Music in Africa

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