Popular legendary reggae artiste, Ras Kimono, is dead
Newsanewonline learnt Sunday that Kimono was rushed to a hospital in Ikoyi after he slumped on Saturday shortly after complaining to those around him he was feeling funny in his body.
He however reportedly died later in the hospital on Sunday.
Confirming the death, a factional Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Tony Okoroji told journalists that he had visited the legendary reggae musician in the hospital.
Okoroji, said he even shook hands with Ras Kimono not knowing that was a bye-bye handshake.
“This is no doubt a terrible loss to the music industry,”he declared
“COSON deeply regrets to announce the passing on of a frontline member of our board – great African and great musician, the reggae toaster, the great Ras Kimono Onwubuya,” he added in a text.
President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Mr Pretty Okafor commenting said he was shocked when he received the news that the reggae artiste had died.
Ras Kimono rose to stardom after the release of his debut album ‘Under Pressure’ in the late ‘80s.
Born 9 May 1958.,Ras Kimono was a reggae artist whose debut album Under Pressure, led by the single “Rum-Bar Stylée”, was a big hit in the Nigerian music scene in 1989.
Before he released his solo album, he was in a group called The Jastix along with Amos McRoy and Majek Fashek.
He was born in Ekeleke Elumelu, in Delta State, Nigeria.
He 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.