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Fela Kuti Only African Nominated For 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Nigerias legendary Afrobeat musician who died 24 years ago has been nominated for induction in the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The late maverick musician was on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, nominated for induction in the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside 15 other international artistes or bands comprising Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, Jay-Z, Chaka Khan, Carole King, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage, Against The Machine, Todd Rundgren, Tina Turner and Dionne Warwick. 

This is the first time Fela is being nominated to the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Usually, fans will vote for up to five nominees daily from the day of announcement, February 10 till April 30, 2021 via the Rock Halls website.

Winners of the nomination will be inducted in May 2021 at the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio.

To be considered eligible for nomination, artistes or bands must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years ago.

As at Fela’s death on August 2, 1997, it had been 28 years since he released “The ’69 Los Angeles Sessions” on the Wrasse Records label.

It was a re-issued album recorded in 1969 while Fela Kuti was living in Hollywood performing six nights a week at the Citadel de Haiti on Sunset Boulevard which was run by Bernie Hamilton.  

We wonder why Fela was not nominated during his lifetime and for 24 years after his death, given that the Abami Eda (the strange being) had met and even surpassed the criteria for this nomination before and long after his death.

A multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, composer, political activist, philosopher and pan-Africanist, Fela was the pioneer of Afrobeat, an African music genre combining traditional Yoruba and Afro-Cuban music with funk and jazz.

He bestrides other nominees like a colossus and, therefore, more than deserves to be inducted. Fela is also currently rated the sixth most worthy 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominee after Todd Rundgren, Carole King, The Go Go’s, Tina Turner, and Mary J. Blige.

Apart from being the only African to be nominated, which is unique, Fela convincingly fulfills the two main objectives of the award – a demonstration of unquestionable musical excellence, talent and significant impact on the development, evolution, and preservation of Rock & Roll through Afrobeat.

There are other significant senses in which Fela is unique.

All Fela’s music were created by him; he never remixed anyone’s music, including his own, and he never repeated themes. 

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American Singer, Stevie Wonder, Moving To Ghana Permanently

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American famous singer and pianist, Stevie Wonder, is believed to be planning a radical decision to relocate to Ghana permanently.

The legendary singer told Oprah Winfrey on her show that he is “fed up with the racial injustice in America and would rather relocate to a place where he will be respected and feel welcome.”

The “I just called to say I love you” hitmaker said he cannot watch his great-grandchildren beg for respect and recognition,” according to Business Insider.

“I want to see the nation smile again, and I want to see it before I move to Ghana,” he told Oprah. “I’m going to do that. I’m going to move permanently to Ghana.”

“Because I don’t want to see my children’s children’s children have to say ‘Oh please, like me. Please respect me. Please value me. What kind of sh*t is that?”

He added: “I want the world to get better. I want us to get beyond this place. I want us all to go to the funeral of hate. That’s what I want.”

This is not the first time the 70-year-old has said that he will relocate to Ghana. In 1994 Stevie Wonder said he wanted to move from Los Angeles to Ghana.

Speaking at the International Association of African American Music in Washington at the time, he said he fell in love with Ghana during visits. Stevie Wonder said, “There’s more of a sense of community there.”

He is considered one of the most successful songwriters and musicians of all time.

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Eastern Africa Music Summit, Goes Online

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The Eastern Africa Music Summit returns for the 6th Year, from Monday, February 22 to Wednesday, February 24 at 12.00 pm – 9.00 pm EAT (GMT+3) Online via www.ongea.biz.

“Due to the potential health and financial risks of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we had decided to cancel the 2021 Edition”, said Founder, Mike Strano, who is also an Event Producer of 20 Years at PHAT! Productions.

“However, like many other Music Markets around the World, ONGEA! has also gone online, in order to continue serving the creative industry of Eastern Africa – especially during this crisis,” he said. “Ironically, the Theme of the last ONGEA!, during February 2020, was Disrupt to Thrive!”

“Little did we know that, just a month later, our creative industry was to experience the biggest disruption ever,” Strano explains, adding that, “With COVID-19 being an Accelerator of Technology Adoption, by Consumers and Industries globally. ONGEA! 2021 is about What Next as we Fast Forward into the Future.”

Going fully Online shall enable ONGEA! to reach a wider audience throughout Eastern Africa and the world; including international industry experts, who are increasingly interested in the creativity emerging from The Motherland.

“To-date ONGEA! 2021 has Speakers, Performers, and delegates from over 26 countries, including Australia, Benin, Brazil, Burundi, Canada, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Singapore, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, The Netherlands, Uganda, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America”, says Courtney Keter of PHAT! Productions.

“And, after the Pandemic, ONGEA! shall be Transformed into a Hybrid Event, with Participants having the Choice to join Physically or Virtually.”

Here’s an Outline of ONGEA! 2021 – The 6 the annual Eastern Africa Music Summit:
Monday 22nd February 2021
12.00 pm-01.30 pm EAT (GMT+3): So, we were Disrupted! What next? Comparing local & international Recovery
Plans for the Creative Industry.

01.30pm-02.00pm EAT (GMT+3): Showcase Performances.
02.00pm-03.30pm EAT (GMT+3): The New Normal? Online Education for Creatives. Discussing the
Transformation of Education in the Creative Industry.

03.30pm-04.00pm EAT (GMT+3): Showcase Performances.
04.00pm-05.30pm EAT (GMT+3): Be Present Everywhere. The ultimate Speed Networking session with local & International Delegates from the 3 Days.
05.30pm-09.00pm EAT (GMT+3): Showcase Performances.

Tuesday 23rd February 2021
12.00 pm-01.30 pm EAT (GMT+3): Taxation – a Blessing or a Curse? Unpacking the Benefits and Costs of Digital Service Tax, and other Taxes.
01.30pm-02.00pm EAT (GMT+3): Showcase Performances.
02.00pm-03.30pm EAT (GMT+3): Royalties in Focus. COVID-19 showed the Importance of Royalties as a
Revenue stream and amplified the Challenges in Eastern Africa with Collection & Distribution.
03.30pm-04.00pm EAT (GMT+3): Showcase Performances.
04.00pm-05.30pm EAT (GMT+3): No Shows? Where’s the Money? The importance of alternative Revenue streams – a Global perspective. The webinar is Empowered by Safaricom.
05.30pm-09.00pm EAT (GMT+3): Showcase Performances.


Wednesday 24th February 2021
12.00 pm-01.30 pm EAT (GMT+3): The growth of Artivism in Africa. The Movers & Shakers of 2020 and 2021. The webinar is presented by This Is Africa.
01.30pm-02.00pm EAT (GMT+3): Showcase Performances.
02.00pm-03.30pm EAT (GMT+3): Access to Credit for Creatives. New opportunities Emerging in 2021.
03.30pm-04.00pm EAT (GMT+3): Showcase Performances.
04.00 pm-05.30 pm EAT (GMT+3): Global Opportunities for Eastern African Music. Panelists from Asia, Europe, North America, and South America share their Views. The webinar is Empowered by the French Embassy to Kenya.
05.30pm-09.00pm EAT (GMT+3): Showcase Performances.

Entry is FREE to ONGEA! 2021, for Industry Professionals and Consumers, via Registration in Advance on www.ongea.biz. Spaces are limited, so Register now!

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Miss Rwanda Organisers Announce Jury

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Organisers of Miss Rwanda have introduced the jury for #MissRwanda2021 auditions. The jury is comprised of five famous females. No male this time.

Who are they?

Maria Yohana Mukankuranga is a traditional music icon, a custodian of culture and a champion of women emancipation. She is currently a coach of the National ballet Urukerereza. She was part of the jury during Miss Rwanda 2020 Pre-selection event.

Jolly Mutesi was crowned Miss Rwanda in 2016. She is the brain behind Inter-Generation dialogues. Jolly was the first contestant to represent Rwanda in Miss World pageant. Voted as Best Female Velebrity influencer for the year 2019 in Made in Rwanda Awards.

Emma-Claudine has been an agony Auntie for adolescent girls and boys for 15 years. She started with the production of “Imenye Nawe” reproductive health show on Radio Salus in 2005. She has been a ‘Baza Shangazi’ in the girls’ magazine called “Ni Nyampinga”.

Michèle Iradukunda is a media personality with 8 years of experience in broadcast media. She has participated in different beauty pageants at both academic and national level. This is her second time to be on the panel of Miss Rwanda judges.

Pamela Mudakikwa is a Communication Specialist with 10 years of experience. She uses her communication skills to engage with different audiences on issues ranging to personal development, strengthening family values and culture, building capacity and empowering the youth.

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