Eligible since: 1996 (The 1997 Induction Ceremony)
Previously Considered? Yes what's this?
Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2020 (ranked #30 in the Influences - Rock Era category) .
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I hope that "No" vote on the main page was about his chances of getting in rather than the quality of his music...
Posted by Jonas on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 22:53pm
"I can't fathom why Fela wouldn't make it in."--Jonas.
Posted by Philip on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 23:33pm
Well, yeah, the popularity thing is an issue but I don't think it's necessarily what bars him. I think for most observers, Leonard Cohen's induction last year wouldn't make much sense. He achieved meager commercial success, mostly through other artists performing his songs, but he's more of a cult performer. He really got in because of his reputed songwriting.
Posted by Jonas on Sunday, 12.21.08 @ 00:00am
Well, with Leonard Cohen, he falls into the massive critical acclaim category that I mentioned. He's had no hit singles whatsoever, at least in the U.S., but most people HAVE at least heard of him. Cohen had critical acclaim, the respect of artiste community and even a chunk of the laic, and even a tribute album or two of his works! Fela, not so much. I didn't even hear of him until I took an African Music studies class in college.
Posted by Philip on Sunday, 12.21.08 @ 00:10am
Ah, I forgot about the Indian music thing. Still, I think most people associate the beginnings of popular world music with the 1980s when Paul Simon, Byrne, Eno, Peter Gabriel, et al all started implementing that stuff into their music. That's when it really bloomed and other forgotten international popular music began to achieve at least cult appreciation (tropicalismo at the turn of the decade, for instance.) As I noted before, King Sunny Ade is indeed the one its popularity is most ascribed to but I do believe Fela has some bearing on it, at least indirectly via those Byrne/Talking Heads and Eno collaborations.
Posted by Jonas on Sunday, 12.21.08 @ 00:46am
Depends on how you define "popular world music." I mean, you've Delmonico Mondugno back in '58 with "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)" or the Singing Nun and Kyu Sakamoto in '63 with their songs "Dominique" and "Ue A Muite Aruko."
Posted by Philip on Sunday, 12.21.08 @ 01:01am
Fila sneakers ???
Posted by Joe-Skee on Sunday, 12.21.08 @ 13:18pm
Quite possibly my favourite artist of all time, greatest funkster of all time. One of the juiciest catalogues ever and I recommend at least a cursory regard from, well, everyone and anyone.
Posted by oosive on Tuesday, 08.18.09 @ 15:03pm
Actually, I'd say there's a distinct possibility he may get inducted some day, especially since he's been previously considered. As far as influence and innovation goes he's at the top of the heap. Not to mention he actually had something to say and said it without giving a rat's ass.
Posted by Chalkie on Wednesday, 05.5.10 @ 20:58pm
Well, I hope both Fela and King Sunny make the Rock Hall. Both made/make great music. Their music certainly influenced Pop and Reggae. Their music is interesting and satisfying listening. Their lyrics/poetry are poignant and thought provoking. I hope they both make it.
Posted by D. Stroy on Friday, 10.29.10 @ 19:49pm
Fela has gotten a lot of publicity recently thanks to a hit Broadway musical. I'm thinking Future Rock Legends chose Fela because of ABBA. ABBA's music was used recently in Broadway musicals and then they were inducted into The Rock Hall.
Posted by Roy on Thursday, 09.15.11 @ 07:10am
Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.30.14 @ 08:50am
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