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Fela Kuti, Sunny Ade, And Burna Boy Feature Among Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums

On Rolling Stone’s latest 500 Greatest Albums issue, Nigerian icons Fela Kuti, Burna Boy, and Sunny Ade have been memorialized.

Rolling Stone released their first edition of the 500 Greatest Albums feature in 2003. Fresh musical styles and changing tastes throughout time resulted in a shift in the order of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums classification. The renowned publication released an updated list of the TOP 500 GREATEST ALBUMS EVER.

The last several years have seen an incredible rise in the Afrobeats genre. The 500 greatest albums of all time were listed in the article with Burna Boy’s “African Gaint,” Fela Kuti and African 70’s “Expensive Shit,” and King Sunny Ade’s “The Best of the Classic Years” at numbers 330, 402, and 465, respectively.

Fela Kuti, Sunny Ade, And Burna Boy Feature Among Rolling Stone'S 500 Greatest Albums, Yours Truly, News, May 21, 2024

This recognition highlights the influence of Nigerian music on the international scene in addition to solidifying their position as significant performers on the African continent.

Burna Boy’s fourth studio album, “African Giant,” combines dancehall, R&B, hip-hop, Yoruba, and pidgin English. The album was nominated for a 62nd Annual Grammy Awards nomination for Best World Music Album and won Album of the Year at the 2019 All Africa Music Awards.

“Expensive Shit” was the record that Fela Aníkúlápó Kuti and his band, the African 70, released as their twelfth album in 1975. The project is a 17-minute odyssey with two songs that combine funk and African music. Fela Kuti was well-known for combating social concerns with his songs.

King Sunny Ade assembled a compilation titled “Best of Classic Years” in 2003. The maestro of juju meticulously went over all of his best creations and put together a 10-track compilation album.

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