*Okowa, other Nigerians react
Nigerian musician Ukeleke Onwubuya better known as Ras Kimono has passed on in a hospital in Lagos.
Ras kimono dominated the Nigerian music industry in the late 80’s after his debut album titled “Under pressure” brought him to limelight.
While there has been no official statement from his family, prominent.
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Sunday commiserated with the Nigerian music industry, family as well as friends of reggae music exponent, Ras Kimono, who died on Sunday at the age of 60.
The governor’s condolence message was conveyed in a statement issued in Asaba by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu.
Okowa also condoled with the Onicha Olona community in Delta where Kimono hailed from.
He described the deceased as a true music legend whose songs entertained Nigerians in the 80s.
The governor noted that Kimono spent all his life promoting good governance, good entertainment and healthy community relations through his reggae music.
“I received with sadness the news of the passing away of Ras Kimono, a great reggae legend.
“He will be remembered for his hit song “Rumbar Stylee.
“I join lovers of reggae music to mourn this great loss. He belonged to an era of great reggae music exponents in Nigeria,” Okowa said.
He commended the late Kimono for contributing to the development of music in Nigeria and sustaining his interest in the music industry even in old age by participating in several music concerts.
Okowa affirmed that the music industry in Nigeria benefitted from the contribution of the late musician who also mentored many young musicians.
He prayed that the almighty God would accept the soul of the departed and comfort the family he left behind.
Nigerians including Sen Dino Melaye and Sen Ben Murray Bruce, have taken to social media to express their grief.
@dino_melaye: 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.
Dino, who shared a close relationship with the reggae star, posted a video of himself and Ras Kimono among other tweets that showed the close relationship they both shared.
@dino_melaye: 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.
@benmurraybruce: 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.
Among the hits from his debut album included “Rasta get jail” and “Rum-Bar Stylee”.
The legendary reggae artist travelled to the U.S. at some point in his career where he spent six years.
He will be remembered for lighting up the Nigerian music industry alongside Majek Fashek and Oritiz Wikili in the 80’s.
Austin Peter, a popular reggae artiste known as ‘King Wadada’, on Sunday expressed deep sadness over the death of Ekulele Elumelu, popularly known as Ras Kimono.
Peter told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the entire music industry would miss Ras Kimono.
NAN reports that Ras Kimono, 60, died on Sunday at the Lagoon Hospital in Lagos.
Meanwhile, Peter said that Kimono was one of the greatest rub-a-dub artistes to have reigned in the whole of Africa.
“Ras Kimono is gone, I am going to miss him a great deal because he really impacted positively on some of my music.
“It is going to be a sad moment in the music industry because he had a lot of friends and fans all around the country,” he said.
The musician said that he was short of words and could not say much because he was still in shock of the reality of Kimono’s death.
NAN reports that Ras Kimono hailed from Asaba in Delta.
The deceased 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”.
He was to release a string of hit albums, touring all over Africa, Europe and the USA, promoting his brand of Reggae music.
He won several awards including the Nigeria Music Awards, Fame Music Awards.
He continued to perform till date to a loyal fan-base of all ages and his music is still played on Radio, throughout West Africa.