BREAKING: Nigerian Reggae Legend, Ras Kimono Dies At 60

BREAKING: Nigerian Reggae Legend, Ras Kimono Dies At 60

By Ani Afuekwe | Staff Writer on June 10, 2018
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Ras Kimono
Ras Kimono

Nigerian reggae legend, Ras Kimono, has died, according to Channels TV.

A family source told the television station that Ras Kimono, who reigned in the late 80s and early 90s, died on Sunday morning, June 10, 2018 in Lagos.

Nigerians have taken to social media to mourn this loss.

Ras Kimono was born Ekeleke Elumelu, in Delta State, Nigeria.

He started his music career from secondary school in his native Agbor in Delta State and later become a band member of the popular Jastix Reggae Ital. His fellow band mates were Majek Fashek, Amos McRoy Jegg and Black Rice Osagie, artistes who also carved a niche for themselves in the reggae scene of the 90s.

His first solo album of 1989 Under Pressure was a smash hit that brought him national and global recognition. His music was influenced by poverty, inequality, and injustice in the Nigerian society.

Ras Kimono went on to release three more albumsWe No Wan (1989), What’s  Gwan (1990), and Rub A Dub (1990) – before he relocated to the United States for a period.



1 COMMENT

  1. This is a sad news. I saw the Legend last month in Shop Rite Asaba walking so majestically and today dead have snatched him away from the surface of the earth. May God give his entire family and his fans in Nigeria and world over the strength to bare the irreparable loss. May his gentle soul Rest in peace Amen.

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