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Fela loses out in 2021 rock’n’roll Hall of Fame

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…Sound Sultan diagnosed with throat cancer

LATE Afro beat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti has lost out on the race to be inducted into the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

  The late musician was nominated alongside international artistes like Tina Turner, The Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Dionne Warwick, and Carole King.

  The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame revealed its 2021 inductees yesterday, marking the most diverse group by musical genre in the organisation’s history.

  A statement by chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, John Sykes, said “this diverse class of talented inductees reflects the Hall’s ongoing commitment to honour artists whose music created the sound of youth culture.”

  To be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years before the year of nomination.

  For the performer’s category, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, JAY-Z, Carole King, Todd Rundgren and Tina Turner were inducted.

  The Ahmet Ertegun Award went to Clarence Avant, while Singers like LL Cool J, Billy Preston and Randy Rhoads got the Musical Excellence Award.

  For the Early Influence Award, Kraftwerk, Gil Scott Heron, and Charley Patton were recipients.

  It will be recalled that this was the first time the late legend had ever been nominated for the induction. But ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 30.

  In another development, Nigerian rapper, Olanrewaju Fasasi (aka Sound Sultan) has been diagnosed with throat cancer.

  A post oh his promoter, Kennis Music’s Twitter said the singer was jetted out of Nigeria to United States to commence chemotherapy following his diagnosis.

  It will be recalled that Sound Sultan’s career in showbiz started in 1990s when he hosted shows to raise money for studio sessions.

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