Nigerian reggae legend, Ras Kimono is currently trending on Twitter following the report of his death.
A family source revealed that the reggae musician was rushed to a hospital in Ikoyi after he slumped on Saturday. He added that Ras Kimono later died in the hospital on Sunday.
Reno Omokri who penned down a tribute to him, wrote;
Raw Kimono brought joy to a great multitude in Nigeria and beyond. A talented man, he never let fame get to his head. At a time Nigerians were going through the pains of Structural Adjustment Program of the 80s, we listened to Ras and got gains. May his soul rest in peace!
Dino Melaye wrote;
Death why! Why! My brother and my friend. Legend Ras Kimono rest in Peace. What a black day! What an unceremonious exit. I love you and will miss you. Sad sad sad. Ras Kimono and myself in my village(Aiyetoro Gbede) on 31st December 2017. Legend is gone. What a dark day. RIP my brother and reliable friend.
Ben Bruce wrote;
I feel so sad hearing about the death of reggae legend, Ras Kimono. He redefined the face of music and there will be none like him. He will be dearly missed.
Tony Elumelu wrote;
I just heard the worst news that the Nigerian Reggae legend, and my cousin,
#RasKimono has died. Ras had a huge impact on my appreciation of music & is one of the reasons I’m such a huge fan of the genre. I still remember his performance at our #HHchrismas party a two years ago
Born 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 legendary 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 1988, which propelled him to instant continental stardom. The album had hits like “Under pressure”, “Rasta get jail” and the massive hit “Rhumba style”.