Raggae legend, Ras Kimono dies at 60 – fans mourn his death
Reggae icon, Ukeleke Onwubya, popularly known as Ras Kimono, is dead.
Kimono recently celebrated his 60th birthday with friends and family and was supposed to travel to the United States before his demise.
According to reports from major Newspapers in the country, he died today, Sunday, June 10, 2018, after he slumped on Saturday, June 9, 2018, and was rushed to a hospital in Ikoyi, where he gave up the ghost.
Ras Kimono was known for his frank talk about artistes who do drugs, and his slams on artistes who sing about butts and boobs. In a recent chat with PUNCH, the reggae star said, he had been a vegetarian for over 37 years and neither smoked nor drank alcohol.
He said, “I have never smoked and I don’t drink alcohol. I tell people I have been a vegetarian for 37 years. Even when my friends were having sex with two girls at the same time in those days, I didn’t join them. I have never done what these girls and boys call threesome despite being famous and I am sure there are other people who have never done that too.
“When people attribute recklessness to youthful exuberance, I get worried because I once passed through that stage too. I believe it is all about your upbringing. The fact that you are young doesn’t mean you should be wayward.”
Ras Kimono was a singer who took time and great care to get really trained on the Nigerian music circuit, experimenting with a number of styles, before making his late 1980s breakthrough as a reggae singer. His strongly polemical lyrics produced album sales of over 100,000 copies and a fervent following for his advocacy of social change.
Tony Okoroji, while reacting to Kimono’s death, said,“This is a terrible loss to the music industry.”
Reactions to Ras Kimono’s death
Following the news of Kimono’s death, some Nigerians have begun to wish him farewell on social media.
The Honourable Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Steve Ayorinde on his Instagram handle, bid farewell to the reggae legend.
Senator Dino Melaye, in a post on Twitter, also expressed sorrow at the news of Kimono’s death.
The Senator said “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.”
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.
— Senator Dino Melaye (@dino_melaye) June 10, 2018