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You Can Vote to Get Fela Kuti On the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

The late Nigerian king of afrobeat is currently leading in votes. Here's how and where you can cast yours.

Fans and supporters of Fela Kuti have truly been showing out, as the Nigerian musician stays with the most fan votes towards his potential induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

News of his nomination dropped two days ago, and the late legend has already amassed over 80,000 votes! With American singer and icon Tina Turner following closely behind with 59,000+ votes of her own. The five artists with the most votes between now and May 2021 will then be inducted into the Hall of Fame towards the end of the year.

While the final five artists are ultimately chosen by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members, fan votes play a super important and valid role in the process. Fans are able to vote once a day, for as long as they please.


Rock & Roll Hall of Fame results board as of Feb 12, 2021


Fela's daughter and Felabration creator, Yeni Kuti encouraged fans of her father and family to go out and vote. In conversation with Eyes of a Lagos Boy, Yeni said, "Naija no dey carry last! Please vote let us see Fela at no. 1. The accolade he did not receive in life, would be great if he could receive in death."

To cast your vote, head to the official website and be sure to tell your fellow music loving friends to do the same.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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