First discovered by Pulseng.com, it has been noticed that King Sunny Ade has been removed from the performers list of the 2017 Coachella Festival.
Coachella is an annual music festival in California every summer since 1999, that celebrates many genres of music, of which Afrobeat is a recent inclusion. Its venue is the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, and it grosses tens of millions of dollars annually; 94 million USD in 2016 alone.
Its most recent claim to fame is bringing Tupac Shakur out on stage as a hologram to perform with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre in 2012. This year’s festival will be held on April 14-16, and April 21-23, 2017.
The Impact of Tupac Shakur’s Coachella Performance in 2012
Pulseng was able to decipher the removal by comparing an updated performers list to an earlier released roster, as seen below.
As you can see,…
As you can see, Beyonce also pulled out for obvious reasons of pregnancy (shallouts to Jay Z, highest goal scorer), and has been replaced with Lady Gaga as show headliner. An official updated performers lineup on the Coachella Website doesn’t have him (King Sunny Ade) listed as performer any more either.
King Sunny Ade’s removal is a pretty significant blow for Afrobeat music, since his style and presence on stage would have brought many Nigerians across 3 generations to the festival. Also, his performance would have brought in new converts to enjoy and learn about classic Afrobeat.
King Sunny Ade – Live in London 2012
I, personally, hope the cancellation was due to schedule conflicts or visa issues. At the tender age of 70, I would hope the King is staying healthy and strong. As time goes on, we will hopefully get more details and insight into why he’s no longer performing at the 2017 Coachella carnival.