Nigerians mourn, pay tributes as Reggae legend, Ras Kimono dies at 60 + How he died

Late Ras Kimono, Orits Williki and Mandators when they paid a courtesy visit to Daylight head office in 2016

Many Nigerians are still in shock and tears over the sudden death of leading musician and entertainer Ukeleke Onwubuya better known as Ras Kimono, who  passed on in a hospital in Lagos, yesterday night.


Delta State-born Ras kimono dominated the Nigerian music industry in the late 80’s after his debut album entitled “Under pressure” brought him to limelight.

While confirming the sudden and painful death, the chairman of COSON, where the deceased was also a director described the demise as shocking.

In the words of Okoroji: “COSON deeply regrets to announce the passing of a frontline member of our board, great African and great musician, the reggae toaster. The great Ras Kimono Onwubuya”

Although, there has been no official statement from his family, prominent Nigerians including Sen Dino Melaye and Sen Ben Murray Bruce, have taken to social media to express their grief. @dino_melaye: 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. Ras

Kimono Dino, who shared a close relationship with the reggae star, posted a video of himself and Ras Kimono among other tweets that showed the close relationship they both shared. @dino_melaye: Ras Kimono and myself in my village(Aiyetoro Gbede) on 31st December 2017. Legend is gone. What a dark day. RIP my brother and reliable friend. @benmurraybruce: I feel so sad hearing about the death of reggae legend, Ras Kimono.

Also mourning, talented comedian and radio presenter, De Don, disclosed that the sad news hit like a thunderbolt.

He redefined the face of music and there will be none like him. He will be dearly missed. Among the hits from his debut album included “Rasta get jail” and “Rum-Bar Stylee”. The legendary reggae artist travelled to the U.S. at some point in his career where he spent six years. He will be remembered for lighting up the Nigerian music industry alongside Majek Fashek and Oritiz  Wikili in the  80’s

“I still cannot believe that the reggae legends who frequents my lounge to relax is dead. May his soul rest in peace.”

An insider in a chat with DAYLIGHT.NG disclosed that the amiable rub a dub master died very late yesterday night at Lagoon Hospital while plan was being finalised to fly him abroad for proper medical treatment.


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