Sunny Ade, Pasuma, Others Set For Baba Sala Tribute Music Concert

Towards the celebration of the life and times of one of Nigeria’s greatest entertainment icons, Moses Olaiya Adejumo (aka Baba Sala), a mega tribute concert will be staged on November 29. At a press parley held on Thursday at Radio Lagos, the convener of the concert and Baba Sala’s daughter, Dr. Oyindamola Adejumo-Ayibiowu, said the tribute concert was aimed at extolling the essence of the dramatist and pioneer of comedy in Nigeria.

Baba Sala’s daughter, who was accompanied to the event by Juju music legend, King Sunny Ade; President of Association of Juju Musicians, AJUM, Queen Ayo Balogun; Admiral Dele Abiodun, Alhaji Wasiu Alabi (aka Pasuma) and Olanrewaju Adejumo (aka Baba Sala Jnr), said the concert will kick-start the funeral rites of the icon. According to her, the planned mega concert will hold at the popular Blue Roof venue inside LTV 8 Complex in Ikeja, Lagos. Also speaking, King Sunny Ade, who is the chairman of the Baba Sala Burial Committee and chief host of the concert, said: “The Baba Sala Mega Tribute Concert is a celebration of a legend who was a father for all of us. Baba Sala gave me the platform to become who I am today.

“I got my first instrument through someone Baba Sala introduced to me and we are here not to support but celebrate the pioneer.” Apart from the concert, KSA said other programmes planned to hold as part of the funeral rites of Baba Sala include a symposium on Baba Sala billed for November 28, Baba Sala’s lying-in-state at National Arts Theatre in Lagos on December 3, lying-instate at Cultural Centre in Ibadan on December 4 as well as Service of Songs to hold Osogbo and the wake in Ilesa among others. On December 7, the final burial ceremony for the legendary Baba Sala, who died on October 7, will hold also in Ilesa, the hometown of the late comic and theatre legend.

Speaking on her father’s relevance, Ayibiowu stated: “Babasala created opportunity for government to make money. I want people to see beyond Babasala as a man that made people laugh, entertainment is creating an economy of non-oil revenue. “This is because my father, Baba Sala who is passionate about the arts, went all the way to stage shows, produce movies and comedy and many are enjoying the fruit of that labour today and paying taxes to the government.”

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