DJ & Dance, World, Latin, & Reggae

King Sunny Ade & His African Beats

When: Fri., June 19, 9 p.m. 2009

King Sunny Adé sparked the interest in authentic African pop music when he made his first American appearance at Berkeley's Zellerback Hall with his band the African Beats in 1983. The band can range from a stripped-down dozen members to an ensemble of thirty, and the rich layers of percussion, bass, trap drums, keys, pedal steel, guitars, backing vocalists, and Adé himself on lead guitar produce a polyrhythmic stew containing a soothing message of peace and understanding. His brand of juju borrows from Nigeria's tribal rhythms, Cuban son, Ghanaian highlife, Jamaican dub, and American country music to create a swooning groove that knows no geographical or spiritual boundaries. King Sunny Adé & His African Beats will rock the Independent (628 Divisadero St., San Francisco) on Friday, June 19. 9 p.m., $25.

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Price: $25

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