By: Wazobia Staff
King Sunny Ade is the greatest living African musician. A band leader, guitarist, singer and composer, Ade has been listed as one of the 100 Most Influential Musicians of All Time. He stands shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Fela Kuti and Hugh Masekela as world masters of modern African music.
Ade has influenced the likes of the Talking Heads and King Crimson, and has collaborated with Manu Dibango and Stevie Wonder. This year he will be gracing the stage with other internationally known musicians at the Concert of Color.
The Concert of Colors is metro Detroit’s free annual diversity-themed music festival being held July 14-17. It is produced by the Arab American National Museum in partnership with Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, ACCESS and University of Michigan – Detroit Center.
The Concert of Colors was established by Ismael Ahmed – the former head of the human services organization ACCESS – and New Detroit in 1993 as a one-day event at Chene Park on Detroit’s riverfront. The inaugural event drew a modest crowd, but by 1999 some 10,000 music lovers were coming out each year. The festival expanded to three days in 2001, when it was part of the official festivities for Detroit’s 300th birthday, drawing an audience of 100,000.
The goal of this now five-day festival, is uniting metro Detroit’s diverse communities and ethnic groups by presenting musical acts from around the world. Over its 23-year history, the festival has become a beloved highlight of metro Detroit’s summer festival season, and one of the few free-admission music festivals remaining locally.
King Sunny Ade hits the Meijer Main Stage on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 5:30 pm inside the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center located at 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201.
For a full listing of artist and show times please visit concertofcolors.com/events.