Nigerian Reggae Icon, Ras Kimono Is Dead
London, June 10, 2018 (AltAfrika)– Reports reaching Alternativeafrika.com say Nigeria’s reggae icon Ukeleke Onwubya popularly known as Ras Kimono is dead following a brief illness.
He died at Lagoon Hospital in Ikoyi.
Multiple sources say before his death, he had planned a medical trip to the US on Saturday night.
Sir Shina Peters and other members of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) have confirmed the death.
An advocate of social change, Kimono was known for his patois styled music. In 1989, he released Under Pressure.
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.
Aged about 60, Ras Kimono was a Nigerian reggae artist whose debut album Under Pressure, led by the single “Rum-Bar Stylée”, was a massive hit in the Nigerian music scene in 1989
Before his solo album, he was in a group called The Jastix along with Amos McRoy and Majek Fashek.
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 like “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 USA, promoting his brand of Reggae music.
He has won several awards including the Nigeria Music Awards, Fame Music Awards By 2010, He was still performing to a loyal fan-base of all ages and his music is still played on Radio, throughout West Africa.
Kimono served a long apprenticeship on the Nigerian music circuit, experimenting with a number of styles, before making his late 80s breakthrough as a reggae singer.
His Massive Dread was a distinct identity
Additional info from Wikipedia