Femi, one of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s sons, has reacted to his father’s absence at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021 induction. The late Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti was nominated alongside international artists such as Tina Turner, The Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Dionne Warwick and Carole King. This was the first time the Nigerian was nominated for the award, but he lost to Tina Turner despite receiving 500,009 votes.
The late Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who died on August 2, 1997, came second in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021 fan vote, behind American Tina Turner. Femi, reacting to the news, said that although Fela had votes from Nigerians, the final decision was made by the organisers. On his Twitter page, he wrote: « Apparently there’s another vote that only members can participate in, and that’s what counts.
« So they kind of wasted our precious time. But look at the positive side. We trended Fela, a lot of people who had never heard of him googled him, checked him out, listened to his music, » reads Femi Kuti’s tweet. An irritated fan, Sensei, tweeted: « That’s right !!!! If they knew another layer of voting was needed, then I wouldn’t have bothered… »
Other Nigerian tweeps took to the microblogging site to express their frustration with the results. « So Fela Anikulapo-Kuti is not on the list of Rock Hall 2021 inductees with all our campaigns and votes? I think the fan vote is just a formality, as Fela was second to Tina Turner, and 3rd, 4th and 5th place made the list, » tweeted Uncle Aajala.
« Why make a fan vote if he doesn’t count? Fela Kuti and Iron Maiden were in the top 5 and not inducted, but Jay-Z was last and inducted, » wondered Mykenzie. Also, popular social media commentator, Japhet Omojuwa, tweeted: « No disrespect, but it’s stupidity. It took a lot of effort to ignore Fela. Absolute nonsense ».