President Muhammadu Buhari has highlighted the contributions of superstar musician, King Sunny Ade, to the development of the culture industry in the country.
According to him, the juju music maestro and multi-instrumentalist, among other feats, placed the talking drum in global spotlight.
Buhari noted this as he congratulated the musician popularly called KSA as he turns 76 on Thursday.
In a congratulatory message issued by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Tuesday in Abuja, the president said he rejoiced with the internationally renowned artiste as he marked his birthday.
Sunny Ade is believed to be the first Nigerian to be nominated for Grammy Award in the 80’s, playing a significant role in the huge success of the country’s music industry.
His music had influence across genres, including Hollywood, where his songs were featured in many movies.
The president, according to the News Agency of Nigeria, extolled the gifted songwriter, producer and visiting professor of music at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife for taking Nigeria’s local beats to the world.
He also lauded him for exporting the rich culture and placing instruments like the “talking drum’’ on global spotlight for research and adaption.
Buhari said the recognitions and awards received by the multi-talented entertainer over the years, including the national award, MFR, were well deserved.
The president prayed for his good health, strength and grace of more creativity.