Popular Nigeria reggae musician, Ukeleke Elumelu, popularly known as Ras Kimono has passed on.
He died on Sunday morning, June 10,2018 at a hospital in a Lagos after a short illness.
“Under pressure”, a song that speaks of the hardships he went through in life was his debut album which brought him into limelight.
The Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Tony Okoroji who confirmed the dead said he had visited the legendary reggae musician in the hospital.
“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,” said Mr Okoroji.
Ras Kimono dominated the music industry in Nigeria in the late 80s.
Among the hits in that album were “Rasta get jail” and “Rum-Bar Stylee”.
He once disappeared from the scene after travelling to the US, where he spent six years. He said he had gone to the U.S “to know how life was on the other side of the river [and] to broaden [his] horizon.”
The late reggae legend won several awards including the Nigeria Music Awards and Fame Music Awards.
He started out his career as a student at Gbenoba Secondary School, Agbor, Delta state and later as a member of the Jastix Reggae Ital where Majek Fashek, Amos McRoy Jegg and Black Rice Osagie were also members of the group.
He passed on at the age of sixty (60).
Watch his popular ‘Under Pressure’ hit below
As a popular raggae star in Nigeria and some parts of Africa, Kimono boasts of not smoking before.
He once told the Punch in an interview that he had been a vegetarian for over 37 years and had never drunk alcohol before.
“I have never smoked and I don’t drink alcohol. I tell people I have been a vegetarian for 37 years. Even when my friends were having sex with two girls at the same time in those days, I didn’t join them. I have never done what these girls and boys call threesome despite being famous and I am sure there are other people who have never done that too,” he disclosed.