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Nigerian icon Fela is long overdue for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

By Sanya Osha, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Humanities in Africa, University of Cape Town
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Scrolling through the comments made on YouTube on Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s music, one comes across remarks such as: “The greatest unknown musician who ever lived”, “Why isn’t Fela’s music more widely known?”, “His music beats everything I’ve ever heard before” and “Why am I so late to this?”

The truth is that during Fela’s extraordinary lifetime, the Nigerian’s notoriety as an engaged citizen fighting for social justice was…

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