Popular Nigerian reggae music legend Ras Kimono has passed on at age 60. The iconic music legend reportedly died on Sunday at Lagoon Hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos.

His death was confirmed by Mr Tony Okoroji, Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria in a phone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria. He[Tony] described the death of the Delta State -born singer as “ shocking and a big loss to the entertainment industry . ”

“ Right now I am talking to you from the Lagoon Hospital, and I can inform you that Ras Kimono is no more.
“ His death came as a shock because I spoke with him yesterday.
“ He will be terribly missed , as he was not just a board member of COSON , but a personal friend who gave me 100% support.
” He was supposed to travel to the United States today before he complained of a minor illness last night, ” he said .

NAN reports that Ras Kimono , born Ekeleke Elumelu on May 9, 1958, started his music career 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 1989, which propelled him to instant continental stardom .
The album had hits like “ Under pressure ” , “ Natty get jail ” and the massive hit “ Rhumba Style. ”
He later released a string of hit albums, touring all over Africa , Europe and the United States , promoting his brand of reggae music.


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