Popular Reggae musician, Ras Kimono, is dead. He died aged 60 on Sunday, June 10, 2018.
Emerging reports confirmed the legendary singer had plans to travel to the United States on Saturday night, however slumped while preparing to embark on the journey.
The musician known for hit tracks like ‘We no want’ and ‘Rum-Bar Stylée’ was rushed to a hospital in Ikeja, he was later taken to a Lagoon Hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos State where he gave up the ghost.
Kimono’s debut album Under Pressure, led by the single “Rum-Bar Stylée”, was a big hit in the Nigerian music scene in 1989.
According to Wikipedia, the deceased who was born in Delta State, started out his career, firstly as a student of Gbenoba Secondary School Agbor and later as a member of the Jastix Reggae Ital, alongside Majek Fashek, Amos McRoy Jegg and Black Rice Osagie.
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 such as “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 United States, promoting his brand of reggae music. He won several awards including the Nigeria Music Awards, Fame Music Awards and many more.
In 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 1980s breakthrough as a reggae singer.