Breaking: Nigerian Raggae Legend, Ras Kimono Dies at 60 In Lagos

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Nigerian reggae legend, Ras Kimono died on Sunday morning June 10th at the age of 60 in Lagos.

Ras Kimono was said to have concluded plans to travel to the United States a day before, and he complained of feeling funny. He was rushed to a hospital in Ikeja, where he was later taken to Lagoon Hospital on the Island where he died. Ras Kimono is a Nigerian reggae artist whose debut album Under Pressure, led by the single “Rum-Bar Stylée”, was a big hit in the Nigerian music scene in 1989.

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Ras Kimono was born Ekeleke Elumelu, in Delta State, Nigeria.

He started his music career from secondary school in his native Agbor in Delta State and later become a band member of the popular Jastix Reggae Ital. His fellow band mates were Majek Fashek, Amos McRoy Jegg and Black Rice Osagie, artistes who also carved a niche for themselves in the reggae scene of the 90s.

His first solo album of 1989 Under Pressure was a smash hit that brought him national and global recognition. His music was influenced by poverty, inequality, and injustice in the Nigerian society.

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Ras Kimono went on to release three more albums – We No Wan (1989), What’s  Gwan (1990), and Rub A Dub (1990) – before he relocated to the United States for a period.

Nigerians have taken to social media to mourn this loss.

RIP Ras Kimono…

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