Legendary Afro-beats musician, Fela Kuti has been nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Other names on 2021’s ballot include Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Dionne Warwick, Carole King, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Foo Fighters, Todd Rundgren, Rage Against the Machine, Tina Turner, and more.
Fela‘s children told OkayAfrica: “24 years since his passing, we’re so happy to see our Father recognised in this way. Hoping that his fans around the world will vote for him, multiple times!”
VOTE HERE Please note: the voting period runs through April 30th, and fans can vote 1x per day until then!
Bootsy Collins also spoke with Rolling Stones on “the genius of Fela.“:
“To me, the feeling part of what Fela and his band were doing meant more than anything. The way they made you feel was some undercurrent funk right there. It was the undercurrent that you don’t really get to hear. On Minimoogs synthesizers, they’ve got an oscillator that you don’t really get to hear, but you feel it; that’s what was going on in Fela’s rhythms and the music. If nothing else, they should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for that. You didn’t even have to see them. When they played that music, you felt you saw them, and even if you couldn’t dance, you was dancing. And that’s that undercurrent funk. That’s what Fela had: that undercurrent funk.”