RENOWNED musicians, Majek Fashek, Tony Okoroji, Sunny Neji and others have paid their last tribute to the late Reggae artiste, Ras Kimono.
The veteran Reggae singers said their colleague has not died but will continue to live in the minds of his fans.
According to Independent, the musicians spoke on the sideline of the Copyright Society of Nigeria, COSON, tribute night in honour of the late rub-a-dub Reggae artiste.
Recall that the musician died on Sunday, June 12, 2018 in Lagos.
His contemporaries said Kimono has continued to live, through the great messages he preached through his songs while on earth.
Majek Fashek said, “Rastas don’t die but live on forever; therefore, Kimono is not dead but remains alive through his works.
“I will still see Kimono again but not here on earth but in heaven,” Fashek said.
Tony Okoroji, Chairman of COSON, said that the late musician was a fantastic musician who was completely de-tribalised and wanted the best for everybody.
“What makes a great artiste is the ability to compose music that touches the hearts and live on forever.
“Kimono did not care where you came from, what religion you were practicing or which political party you belonged to.
“He simply cared for justice. Kimono remained by my side throughout the COSON struggle and he contributed towards our achieving some of our feats,” Okoroji said.
Another musician, Sunny Neji, said that Kimono was like a fire brand that changed the entire reggae scene in Nigeria.
“Kimono stood for something because he was not only making music but addressing important societal issues by his songs.
“His music was a conscious one because everything he sang about and stood against then, is still happening today in our society.
“That is why his music will remain relevant forever. The younger generation of artistes should listen to Kimono’s music and learn a whole lot from them,” Neji said.
Also speaking, Buchi Atuonwu, a Reggae Gospel artiste, said that Kimono was a pacesetter, a prophet, a freedom fighter and a jolly-good fellow, full of love.
“It is our responsibility to reflect these characters by expressing his conscious messages in our lifestyles and be more loving towards one another,” Atuonwu said.