We earlier reported that Nigerian music legend, Ras Kimono died today June 10th at the age of 60, and his death has shook the music industry in Nigeria.
Mourning his demise, another music legend, Majek Fashek lamented how their last discussion was about them meeting up in America before his demise. Majek Fashek wrote;
‘Ras Kimono why? Too soon Kimono my brethren. RIP! I’m short of words, our last meetings was for you to meet with my manager Uzo in America and death took you away. Forever in my heart I’m gonna miss you….Jah why’.
The Nigerian veteran singer who was scheduled to travel to United States last night, reportedly complained of not feeling too well. However after he was rushed to a hospital in Ikeja, then later taken to Lagoon Hospital, he eventually gave up the ghost.
Ras Kimono served a long apprenticeship on the Nigerian music circuit, experimenting with a number of styles, before making his late 80s breakthrough as a reggae singer.
Together with his Massive Dread Reggae Band, Kimono released his debut album, Under Pressure, in 1989. Accompanied by the popular single, ‘Rum-Bar Stylee’, this revealed both a Jamaican and native African influence (the latter particularly evident in his ‘patois’ delivery, as frequently employed by Fela Kuti to communicate with the urban underclass).