Sunday, 10 June 2018

Nigerian reggae singer, Ras Kimono is dead, Nigerians mourn



The popular reggae star, who was known for hit songs like ‘We No Want’ and ‘“Rum-Bar Stylée” had reportedly concluded plans to travel to the United States on Saturday. 

Sadly, he was rushed to a hospital in Lagos on Saturday where he passed on in the early hours of Sunday. Born Ukeleke Onwubuya on May 9 in Delta State, he celebrated his 60th birthday amidst fanfare in Lagos a few weeks ago.

In his lifetime, he exuded energy that could easily rival that of any young musician on stage. His dexterity on the stage was incredible and that endeared him to many fans.

Tributes have continued to pour in for the veteran reggae singer. Among those who mourned his death are controversial senator, Dino Melaye, singer Sound Sultan, Shina Peters, Oritz Wiliki and many of his contemporaries.

A recently elected director at the Copyright Society of Nigeria, he was full of life and present at any stakeholder meeting of the society. Coson’s Head, Corporate Affairs, Chibueze Okereke, confirmed the development in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES. According to him, COSON’s chairman, Tony Okoroji, was with the deceased reggae icon, on Saturday night.

He said, “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. Mr Okoroji left Kimono in high spirits on his hospital bed at the Lagoon Hospital, Ikoyi on Saturday.

“He was excited to see him and other guests. Okoroji received the news shortly before he boarded the plane to the east earlier today, Sunday. He was present at the 60th birthday celebration of Sir Shina Peters earlier in the month and he was full of life.” May his soul rest in peace

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