Ras Kimono, a veteran reggae artiste from Nigeria dies at age 60 after a short illness at a hospital in Lagos.
Ekeleke Elumelu popularly known as Ras Kimono died on Sunday, June 10, 2018 after a short illness at lagoon Hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos. Tony Okoroji the chairman of the copyright society of Nigeria (COSON) who confirmed the news on a phone interview described the death as a “shocking and a big blow to the Nigerian entertainment industry”. In the interview he says “COSON deeply regret to announce the passing of a frontline member of our board, great African and great musician.” He again says “his death came as a shock, because I spoke to him yesterday.”
Ras kimono was born on May 9, 1958 in the Delta state of Nigeria. He came into the limelight when his album, Under Pressure in 1989 led by the popular single “Rum-Bar” was a big hit in the Nigerian music industry. His album had hit songs like “under pressure”, “Natty get jail” and the massive hit “rhumba style”. He again released a string of hit albums, touring all over Africa, Europe, and the United States, promoting the reggae brand.
Ras Kimono’s style of music was inspired by the poverty, inequality and hardship he experienced in his early life. He won many awards including the Nigeria Music Award, Fame Music Award among others. His hit song “Under pressure” was a hit in Ghana which the late Ghanaian comedian Bob Okala made his own version, “fufuo” for his own comedy act.
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