When we talk about reggae music in Nigeria, the likes of Majek Fahek, Daniel Wilson (aka Mr. Ragamuffin), Jerri Jheto, Daddy Showkey, Ras Kimono, De king will be credited for bringing to life, the infusion of Jamaican music genre, ‘reggae’ into the Nigerian music.
Ras Kimono who’s one of the pioneers of Reggae music in Nigeria in the late ’80s has spoken about today’s reggae singers, such as Patoranking, Burna Boy, Cynthia Morgan and other 20th century reggae artistes. The veteran singer stipulated that none of them is doing real reggae.
When asked which of these young artistes he would like to work with in a recent interview, Kimono retorted:
“Which of them would I like to work with, or which of them would like to work with me? Anyway, none of them is doing real reggae, so I’m confused and paranoid about working with any of them.”
Kimono however refuted the claims that reggae music is dead in Nigeria. In his words;
“As long as Ras Kimono lives, then reggae is still alive in Nigeria. If reggae is dead, you won’t come and talk to me now.”
Ras Kimono released his debut album, “Under Pressure,” in 1989, accompanied by the popular single, ‘Rum-Bar Stylee’.
His strongly polemical lyrics produced album sales of over 100, 000 copies, and a fervent following for his advocacy of social change.