Fela Gets Snubbed By Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Despite Earning Massive Votes From Africa

FELA GETS SNUBBED BY ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME DESPITE EARNING MASSIVE VOTES FROM AFRICA
Fela Gets Snubbed By Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Despite Earning Massive Votes From Africa…
On the 11th of February 2021, Femi Anikulapo Kuti the eldest son of Afro beat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti and many other well meaning Nigerians who are great fans of the Fela legacy, drew our attention and the attentions of other Nigerians and Africans who are active on social media to the news that Fela has been nominated to be inducted into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME MUSEUM Class of 2021 for his contributions to the popularity of Afrobeat and African Music in general.

 

 

He was nominated alongside Jay Z, Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden, The Go Gos, Carole King, and Dionne Warwick, as first time nominees. Rage Against The Machine, Kate Bush, Chaka Khan, Devo, New York Dolls, Tina Turner, Mary J. Blige, Todd Rundgren, and LL Cool J, were also nominated with them as returning nominees.

 

 

These artists were nominated because their first comnercial recording has clocked 25 years and their impact in their various genres has been felt over the years. For any of them to be inducted, they have to be in the top 5 artistes as voted by the public via the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame official website and get enough YES votes from members of the selection commitee of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Mesuem, Cleveland USA.

 

 

The public voting was open from February till March 7th when it was closed for the commitee to compile the results and make the final decision. Africans turned up enmasse and voted for Fela as a lot of campaigns was held online by Femi and other well known African music acts to get the Afrobeat Legend inducted into the Hall of fame. On the 7th of May, voting closed as slated. The final five were released to the public according to the number of votes earned. Tina Turner came out 1st with over 586 thousand Votes. Fela followed with over 544 thousand votes. The Go Gos came out 3rd with over 429 thousand votes. Iron Maiden followed with over 411 thousand votes. Foo Fighters was 5th with over 389 thousand votes.

 

 

Fela Gets Snubbed By Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Despite Earning Massive Votes From Africa

 

 

 

The final list was released to the public yesterday May 11th and it stirred a lot of conversation online, many calling the commitee bias as Fela was excluded from the Inductees list despite emerging 2nd position on votes. From the conversations, i dont think Africans would engage in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame public voting again if any African gets nominated as they have rated the selection process ZERO and taged the voting process a waste of time and disrespect for public opinion. The inductees for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Museum Class of 2021 are as follows :

 

Tina Turner
Carole King
The Go Gos
Jay Z
Foo Fighters
Todd Rundgren
Kraft Werk
Charley Patton
Gil Scott Heron
LL Cool J
Clarence Avant
Randy Rhoads.

 

 

Fela Gets Snubbed By Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Despite Earning Massive Votes From Africa

 

 

Femi Anikulopo Kuti gave the folowing explanation for his fathers exclussion from the Inductees list via his official twitter handle @Femiakuti :

 

“Apparently there’s another vote only members can take part in, and that’s what counts. So they kind of wasted our precious time, the positive side #Fela was trending and many who never heard of him got to hear his music and his story.”

 

 

Fela Gets Snubbed By Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Despite Earning Massive Votes From Africa

 

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/Femiakuti/status/1392478838454632454

 

 

Fela Gets Snubbed By Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Despite Earning Massive Votes From Africa…

Inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Museum or not, Fela Anikulapo Kuti will forever remain a great impact in World music and one of the greatest to ever rock the MIC as a professional musician. Got anything to say about this? Please feel free to comment below. Thanks for reading.

 

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