Legendary Nigerian reggae artist Ras Kimono dead at 60

RAS KIMONO

He later died in the hospital on Sunday 10th June 2018 in Lagos Nigeria.

One of Nigeria's top reggae musicians, Ukeleke Onwubya, popularly known as Ras Kimono has died.

Since the news of his death hit social media, politicians, celebrities and fans across the country and beyond have been paying their respects ad sending in tributes on social media. He cancelled a trip to the United States Saturday after falling ill, and was rushed to a local hospital, reports say.

Music veterans, Tony Okoroji and Sir Shina Peters have confirmed his death. In 1989, he and his band group, Massive Dread Reggae Band, released an album titled Under Pressure.

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He started out his career, firstly as a student of Gbenoba secondary school Agbor and later as a member of the legendary Jastix Reggae Ital, alongside Majek Fashek, Amos McRoy Jegg and Black Rice Osagie.

Ras Kimono later released a string of hit albums, touring all over Africa, Europe and the USA, promoting his brand of reggae music. His music was greatly influenced by the poverty, inequality and hardship he witnessed in his early life.

He was 60 years old.

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