Legendary Nigerian Raggae musician, Ras Kimono, Born Ekeleke Elumelu, in Delta State is Dead.
He passed away Sunday morning in Lagos.
Ras Kimono was schedule to travel to the United States Saturday night, but complained of not feeling too well, according to reports.
He was rushed to a hospital in Ikeja, Lagos, then later taken to Lagoon Hospital in the Island.
Music veterans, Tony Okoroji and Sir Shina Peters have confirmed the incident.
Known for the hit singles ‘Under pressure’ led by the single “Rum-Bar Stylée”, was a big hit in the Nigerian music scene in 1989.
Ras Kimono was one of the veterans from the 90’s who continued to remain relevant on the music scene, mentoring and contributing to the Nigerian entertainment industry.
Before he released his solo album, he was in a group called ”The Jastix” along with Amos McRoy, Black Rice Osagie and Majek Fashek.
His music was greatly influenced by the poverty, inequality and hardship he witnessed in his early life.
Ras Kimono later released a string of hit albums, touring all over Africa, Europe and the USA, promoting his brand of Reggae music.
His strongly polemical lyrics produced album sales of over 100, 000 copies, and a fervent following for his advocacy of social change, and the need for Africans to intellectually repel colonialism and its arbitrary boundaries between tribes.
He has won several awards including the Nigeria Music Awards, Fame Music Awards and many more.