General Prince Adekunle, juju music has passed away at the age of seventy-four.
With a career that has lasted for the better part of five decades, Prince Adekunle was responsible for creating a funky sound that modern juju is based on. His innovative thinking helped juju music stand side-by-side with the older highlife genre.
Although he didn’t quite reach the heights of the likes of King Sunny Ade and Chief Ebenezer Obey, his legacy is perhaps introducing the world to a child prodigy- in the person of Shina Peters.
Along with Segun Adewale, Prince Adekunle took Shina Peters in and formed a juju comprising of the two. Sir Shina Adewale as the group was called released a string of records before parting ways. But Prince Adekunle’s influence on Shina Peters was so strong that the audience thought the teenager was in son!
Born in 1942, Prince Adewale died after being hospitalized for a few weeks at the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta.
Listen to his song Ko Sore Bi Jesu, released circa 1965.
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