Pleasure principles

By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 10, 2009

Since recording Seven Degrees North, he's cut two more albums that have yet to be released in the US. That brings his discography to some 123 titles over 42 years. But Adé — who's earned the nickname "Minister of Enjoyment" in his homeland — sees his prolific output as part of a mission greater than just racking up sales. "When the world-music touring circuit began to become successful in the 1980s, it allowed me to take my music out to the entire world. My goal is to see juju enjoyed by everybody. I play because I love people and want to make people happy, and I want them to feel peace of mind in their hearts."

KING SUNNY ADÉ AND HIS AFRICAN BEATS | Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston | July 15 at 7:30 pm | $38; $32 students and members | 617.369.3306 or

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