Reggae legend Ras Kimono dies

By: Linda Safoa Antwi
Ras Kimono reggae legend
Ras Kimono

Nigerian music legend, Ras Kimono is dead. He died on Sunday, June 10 aged 60.

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Ras Kimono, real name, Ukeleke Onwubuya, who was known for hit songs like We No Want and Rum-Bar Stylée was said to have concluded plans to travel to the United States on Saturday night but complained of feeling unwell.

According to reports, the legendary raggae artiste was rushed to a hospital in Ikeja, and he was later taken to Lagoon Hospital on the Island where he died.

Ras kimono dominated the African music scene in the late 90s after his debut album titled Under Pressure brought him to limelight.

While there has been no official statement from his family, prominent Nigerians including Sen Dino Melaye and Sen Ben Murray Bruce, have taken to social media to express their grief.

Sen Dino Melaye wrote: Death why! Why! My brother and my friend. Legend Ras Kimono rest in Peace. What a black day! What an unceremonious exit. I love you and will miss you. Sad sad sad.

Dino, who shared a close relationship with the reggae star, posted a video of himself and Ras Kimono among other tweets that showed the close relationship they both shared.  

Senator Ben Murray Bruce also wrote: I feel so sad hearing about the death of reggae legend, Ras Kimono. He redefined the face of music and there will be none like him. He will be dearly missed. Among the hits from his debut album included “Rasta get jail” and “Rum-Bar Stylee”.

 Ras Kimono will be remembered for lighting up the Nigerian music industry alongside Majek Fashek and Oritiz Wikili.


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