The Juju Rock Master – Micho Ade popularly called ‘Sunny Ibadan’ in the ’80s,he is called after King Sunny Ade for his style of his music , dressing and his stagecraft .He speaks about his travails and his next album taiwoabiodun.com met the musician at Ibadan
His appearance did not betray his status as he dressed simple and one can hardly recognize him. He with total humility beckoned on this reporter that he has been waiting for the interview
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”In the year 1991 some terrible things happened to me; my personal car, official car, Band’s vehicle all developed problems at the same time. My wife was operated on while a dead baby was brought out. My younger ones were hospitalized , and my children fell ill. In November that year I had accident six times ”
Can you introduce yourself?
My names are Michael Adedayo Alaba Omaside alias Micho Ade .
Why are they calling you Sunny Ibadan?
They said I play like King Sunny Ade , well I am happy for he is my father in music , a genius , a super guitarist .I am proud of him. He is baba ni baba!
When did you start music?
I started singing while in Primary school .I was a member of the school band at St.Silas Anglican Primary school ,Ikere – Ekiti, later I joined All Souls African School , Ikere Ekiti. After my Modern School education at Modern Three , I joined Jossy Ayorinde Band in Ikere Ekiti for seven years ( 1969-1976) .Later I started my own band in 1977 and I am still playing music.
When was your first album?
My first album was released in 1978 titled ” E sope” but the sales was poor may be because of the poor publicity but the second one was also ” Eyin Agba, Eyin Odo” .
Which album shot you to the limelight?
Oh! It is “Oju Ogun Laiye” ( Life is a battlefield ) which was released in 1991.
Where did you get the inspiration ?
Yes, the song is from my own personal experience and what I observed in my environment. In the year 1991 some terrible things happened to me; my personal car, official car, band’s vehicle all developed problems at the same time. My wife was delivered of a stillborn baby , my younger ones were hospitalized , and my children fell ill. In November that year I had accident six times, and my younger ones in the hospital and my wife was operated on while a dead baby was brought out. Many things happened to me and I thought it was a spiritual attack that was why I waxed the record.
Have you travelled out in the course of your music ?
Yes, I did .I went to the UK , Holland and some African countries .
How many albums have you waxed so far?
I have waxed about 21 albums while the next one will be released by April this year to make it 22 albums. And the tittle of the latest album is Desperation . In the album I sang about how our people are so desperate to be rich , to make money, for there is nothing they cannot do to make money.
The last album I waxed is ” Turning Point” I sang that we would leave everything behind therefore we should be good for people to speak well about us when we are gone .We should do what God want us to do according to the Lord’s Prayer ….as it is heaven… So it means that is how it is being done in heaven.
Do your rivals use juju against one another?
Yes , it is true that they used juju to fight one another in the olden days .I once went out to play one time when our co -musician used juju to stop our instruments from functioning .We were shocked .The rival musician attacked us because we were going to play for the same celebrant .
Another incident is that of a burial ceremony for two brothers of same parents who were burying their father. Each had his own musician and it was a thin -line in- between us , it was a surprise and also funny that the rain was heavily falling on us yet did not rain on our rival musician. We were shocked , and we couldn’t play.Yes, they attack one another with juju. It is real.
T fell us about your family
I have two wives and I don’t have children outside my matrimonial home .Yes!, women flock around us as musicians but one has to be careful too, you don’t need to send them away for we cannot do without them, we need them too.
How much did you make in your first outing?
The first money I made from my outing was 75 Naira ( seventy five Naira) and it was a big money then, that was in 1977.
Where do you get your instruments
I saved money gradually to buy my instruments before I started working .I had my full instruments and they are up -to -date.
How do you get Costumes
Depending on the cloth, if it’s Ankara , linen, or lace and its quality then we prefer it not minding the price.
Do you receive royalties?
You cannot compare civilized world with ours here in Nigeria, and painfully in some African countries they do give them royalties , we are begging the government to look into this .
Many musicians who had worked hard should be reaping their fruits at old age but they don’t enjoy at old age.
Where do go for Inspiration
When I’m in a quiet place it could be in the morning, afternoon even while driving inspiration could come and I would park and write it down but I get inspiration mostly in quiet places .
Do you sing abusive songs
I have never joined them in singing abusive songs .If anybody offends me I will quickly settle and make peace with him , even when I meet my detractor eating I would go and eat along with him .Music is like newspaper where we have many sections like Adverts Features, Politics , Crime , Sports among others .Some fans love abusive songs,
Do you do drug to make you high?
No, I don’t do drug to feel high .Any musician that smokes and drinks for inspiration is not a good one.
How do you feel when sighted on the street?
Yes, many will stop me on the street asking after my family .
How rich is Micho Ade?
Well, I’m not rich.Traveling out does not make you rich in those days but I was famous with good name which is better than silver and gold..it also gave me exposure.
I thank God I have a place to lay my head . I have children and have peace of mind.