The entertainment world, particularly among reggae music lovers, was thrown into mourning yesterday following the death of Popular reggae music star, Ras Kimono of an undisclosed ailment Sunday morning at the age of 60 in Lagos after what his close associates described as very brief illness.
Sources close to his professional colleagues and associates said the musician complained of weakness on Saturday and was taken to an hospital in Ikeja area of Lagos from where he was rushed to Lagoon hospital where he eventualy gave up the ghost Sunday morning.
He will be remembered for his hit singles ‘Under pressure’ and ‘We no want’, was reportedly scheduled to travel to the United States on Saturday night.
Friends of the ace musician have confirmed his death. Born Ekeleke Elumelu but popularly known as Ras Kimono for his stage name, hailed from Delta State from where he started his music career with the group known as the Jastix Reggae along with Amos McRoy, Black Rice Osagie and popular singer Majek Fashek (Majekodunmi Fasheke). He released his first solo album after he left the group.
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 such as “Under Pressure”, “Natty Get Jail” and the massive hit “Rhumba Style”.