Veteran Nigerian Raggae Star, Ras Kimono Dies At Age 60


Sad news reaching our desk this evening is that popular raggae artist, Ras Kimono is dead. A close family source confirmed this to Channels Television in a telephone interview on Sunday. 

The source revealed that the reggae musician was rushed to a hospital in Ikoyi after he slumped on Saturday. He added that Ras Kimono later died in the hospital on Sunday.

Mourning the reggae artiste, President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Mr Pretty Okafor, described his death as a big loss to the music industry.

The Chairman and CEO of United Bank of Africa, UBA, Tony Elumelu have also sympathized with the family of the deceased and wrote;

I just heard the worst news that the Nigerian Reggae legend, and my cousin, #RasKimono has died. Ras had a huge impact on my appreciation of music & is one of the reasons I’m such a huge fan of the genre. I still remember his performance at our #HHchrismas party a two years

Ras Kimono, born 9th May 1958 was a Nigerian reggae artist whose debut album Under Pressure, led by the single "Rum-Bar Stylée", was a big hit in the Nigerian music scene in 1989. Before he released his solo album, he was in a group called The Jastix along with Amos McRoy and Majek Fashek.

Born Ekeleke Elumelu, in Delta State, Nigeria, he started out his career, firstly as a student of Gbenoba Secondary School Agbor and later as a member of the Jastix Reggae Ital, alongside Majek Fashek, Amos McRoy Jegg and Black Rice Osagie. His music was greatly influenced by the poverty, inequality and hardship he witnessed in his early life.

He released his solo debut album Under Pressure on the Premier Music label in 1989, which propelled him to instant continental stardom. The album had hits such as "Under Pressure", "Natty Get Jail" and the massive hit "Rhumba Style". He later released a string of hit albums, touring all over Africa, Europe and the United States, promoting his brand of reggae music.

He also won several awards including the Nigeria Music Awards, Fame Music Awards and many more. In 2010, he was still performing to a loyal fan-base of all ages and his music is still played on radio, throughout West Africa.

May his soul Rest In Peace
Veteran Nigerian Raggae Star, Ras Kimono Dies At Age 60 Veteran Nigerian Raggae Star, Ras Kimono Dies At Age 60 Reviewed by Exlink Lodge on Sunday, June 10, 2018 Rating: 5

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