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How Sonny Okosun Ended Tour In Grand Style With Fela Kuti In 1977

Sonny Okosun in action during his 1977 nationwide tour Sonny Okosun in action during his 1977 nationwide tour

1970s folks should definitely be familiar with the name Sonny Okosun. For those who the name Sonny Okosun doesn’t ring in their ears, he was one of the top Nigerian musicians that ruled the music airwaves in the 1970s and 80s and was best known as the leader of the Ozzidi band.

In 1977, Sonny Okosun embarked on a national tour which was meant to promote one of his latest songs titled “Papa’s land” which sold more than 50,000 copies within three weeks of its release.

Sonny Okosun ended his ten-venue national tour at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos with a big surprise for his fans. It was about 1:00 pm when the chief priest and leader of Africa’ 70 organization, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, came into the venue sending music lovers cheering uncontrollably. Sonny Okosun Papa's land

OldNaija.com gathered from the 1977 edition of Sunday Punch that “Sonny Okosun was only too eager to help Fela Kuti unto the stage and there was a talkie-talkie session between Fela and the crowd.”

Fela whose appearance was a big surprise for the people came with another pleasant surprise as he brought his silver-plated saxophone on stage to treat the capacity crowd with the latest in his musical innovations. It was indeed a rare and wonderful treat for those that attended.

Sonny Okosun on the other hand, marvelled the crowd with his impressive performance. A performance that held the crowd until the early hours of the morning.

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Cite this article as: Teslim Omipidan. (September 30, 2018). How Sonny Okosun Ended Tour In Grand Style With Fela Kuti In 1977. OldNaija. Retrieved from https://oldnaija.com/2018/09/30/how-sonny-okosun-ended-tour-in-grand-style-with-fela-kuti-in-1977/

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