Raskimono is dead

LEGENDARY REGGAE NIGERIA MUSICIAN RAS KIMONO IS DEAD

Legendary Nigerian reggae star  Ukeleke Onwubuya, better known by his stage name ‘Ras Kimono’, has died. He died on Sunday morning 10th June of causes that are still unknown.

According to reports the late musician collapsed at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport on Saturday, June 9, while waiting to board a flight to the United States (US).

sources close to him further revealed that Kimono was immediately rushed to an unnamed hospital in Ikeja and then taken to lagoon hospital on Lagos Island where he later died on Sunday morning.

The President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, Pretty Okafor and the Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria, Chief Tony Okoroji confirm the death of the artiste, who was a native of Onicha Olona in the Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.

Raskimono is dead

The late artist who recently clocked 60, last performed at the recently held 2018 edition of Headies award which took place in April at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. The event has since thrown members of the Nigerian music industry, family, close friends and fans into deep mourning.

In his reaction, Okafor described Kimono’s death as very shocking. He said, “Ras Kimono was a very humble and excellent person. He was more like a father to me than a friend or colleague. He was one musician that never had any issue with anybody in the music industry. We are really going to miss him.”

Another reggae musician, African China, said that Kimono’s death had left a vacuum in the music industry that would be difficult to fill. Describing the deceased as a great musician who died before his time, he said, “Nigeria has just lost a great icon. He was not supposed to die so soon. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.”

Raskimono is dead

The event has since thrown members of the Nigerian music and culture community into deep mourning.

In his reaction, Okafor described Kimono’s death as very shocking. He said, “Ras Kimono was a very humble and excellent person. He was more like a father to me than a friend or colleague. He was one musician that never had any issue with anybody in the music industry. We are really going to miss him.”

Another reggae musician, African Chyna, said that Kimono’s death had left a vacuum in the music industry that would be difficult to fill. Describing the deceased as a great musician who died before his time, he said, “Nigeria has just lost a great icon. He was not supposed to die so soon. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.”

Raskimono is dead

Also, reacting, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State described the death of Kimono as a great loss to the people of the state and Nigeria’s music industry.

Also popular musician, Baba Fryo, said he spoke with the deceased three days before his passage. “We spoke and, based on my observation, he wasn’t sick. I am worried at the news of his death. I am shocked,” he said.

A former President PMAN, Tee Mac Iseli, also expressed shock at the sad event. “I am shocked. I took him to PMAN as a young man in the 80s. We had since been very close,” he said.

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