Late pioneer of Afrobeat, Fela Anikulapo Kuti has been nominated for this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Afrobeat legend was recently announced as one of the nominees alongside other big guns like Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z, Kate Bush, Devo, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, Chaka Khan, Carole King, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, Todd Rundgren, Dionne Warwick and Tina Turner.
In a statement issued, the Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, John Skyles said; “This remarkable ballot reflects the diversity and depth of the artists and music the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates.
“These Nominees have left an indelible impact on the sonic landscape of the world and influenced countless artists that have followed them.”
If Fela Kuti is inducted into the Hall of Fame, he will be the first Nigerian artist in the Rock and Roll hall of fame.
Fela will forever be remembered as an influential musician who was bold to voice his opinions on issues affecting Nigeria through his music.
Lovers of Fela’s music can cast their votes for him through April 30 2021, on Hall’s website as those inducted will be announced in May while the ceremony will take place in Cleveland this fall.