Tributes are flowing in for the artist Ras Kimono [real name Ekeleke Elumelu] who passed away on Sunday, June 10 2018. Reports say that he was scheduled to travel to the US, when he suddenly fell ill and complained about not feeling well. He was rushed to a hospital in Ijeka, Lagos and later rushed to Lagoon Hospital in the Island, where unfortunately he died.
‘Under pressure’ his debut released in 1989 was a popular hit in Nigeria and certainly helped to make his mark in the African Reggae Music Scene. Before he released his solo album, he was in a group called The Jastix along with Amos McRoy and Majek Fashek.
South Africans will forever be grateful for the solidarity from Ras Kimono during his hey days, when he released the Anti-Apartheid chune call Apartheid.
His daughter, Oge Kimono, the first of the five children, is a solo artist who’d followed in her father’s footsteps, will continue the legacy of her father.
His last performance was at the Bob Marley Day Concert along side Jah Bouks in May this year.
The Reggae community has lost one the great entertainers in African Reggae History. His music shall live on. #RIPRasKimono