Ebun Francis |
Nigeria’s legendary reggae musician Ras Kimono is dead.
Kimono passed on at a private hospital in Lagos on Saturday night.
A family source confirmed to Alabingo.com that the popular musician complained feeling unwell and was taken to hospital.
He said, ”I just spoke to the younger sister and the husband who confirmed the sad incident to me.”
PMAN president, Pretty Okafor also confirmed the news to this publication a few minutes back.
” I am on my way to his house, it is sad and a big loss to the PMAN and the country as a whole, Okafor confirmed to this publication.
The late singer started out his career as a student of Gbenoba Secondary School Agbor, Delta State and later as a member of the Jastix Reggae Ital, alongside, Majek Fashek, Amos McRoy Jegg, and Black Rice Osagie.
Tributes continued to pour in for that late reggae singer, Sunday.
Coson’s Head, Corporate Affairs, Chibueze Okereke, confirmed the development in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES.
Coson’s head of corporate communication, Chibuzo Okereke, said COSON’s chairman, Tony Okoroji, was with the deceased reggae icon, on Saturday night.
“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”, Chibuzo said.
“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.”
In his tribute, his long-time friend and colleague, Majek Fashek, revealed that they were together on Friday and planned to record some songs together.
“Ras Kimono why too soon kimono my brethren? RIP I am short of words, our last meeting three days ago was for you to meet with my manager Uzo in America and death took you away. You will forever be in my heart. I am gonna miss you. Jah love you more till we meet again. Just three days ago, Ras Kimono and I spoke to my able manager presently in America to meet in New York before death took you away,” Majek lamented.
Music band, Bantu, said, “Thank you Ras Kimono for the great music and positive vibes. You never had any airs around you, always approachable, always generous to a fault. It was a privilege to have performed and shared the stage with you. Our thoughts and prayers go to your daughter, Oge Kimono and your family. Rest In Power LION!”
Another reggae icon, Blackky Inyang, expressed shock at Ras Kimono’s death.
He said, “The news can’t be true. Where did you hear it? Please give me a few days to process this news. I’m sorry I can’t comment at this time.”
Sharing a photograph of him and the late musician, the lawmaker representing Kogi West in the national assembly, Dino Melaye said, “what a dark day”.
“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,” he wrote.