Reggae legend, Ras Kimono is dead
Nigerian Reggae legend, Ras Kimono, has passed on after a brief illness. Kimono, 60, died at the Lagoon Hospital, Ikoyi, Lagos on Sunday morning.
Ekeleke Elumelu Onwubuya aka Ras Kimono hailed from Delta State and released his debut album with his Massive Dread Reggae Band, ‘Under Pressure’ while signed to Premier Music in 1989. He started his musical career as a student of Gbenoba Secondary School, Agbor, in present day Delta State and later joined a group called Jastix Reggae Ital along with Majek Fashek, Amos McRoy and Black Rice Osagie.
Also, his hit songs, ‘Under pressure’, ‘Rasta get jail’, ‘Rhumba style’, among others catapulted him to stardom. He toured Africa, Europe and the U.S.A, and won several awards, including the Nigerian Music Awards, and Fame Music Awards.
After a hiatus, Kimono in 2017, returned to the music scene with a new single, ‘Blessed Africa’ which critiqued the continent’s ironic poverty, despite its rich deposit of human and natural resources.
He is survived by his wife, and daughter, Oge Kimono, also a musician.