Ras Kimono: Rastafarians to hold candle light procession

Breaking News: Reggae Artist, Ras kimono Is Dead

He was transferred to Lagoon Hospital on Saturday from a hospital in the Ikeja area of Lagos after he fell ill yesterday.

Others recalled how Kimono's music was a part of their childhood and a staple of birthday parties growing up. A close family source confirmed this to Channels Television in a telephone interview on Sunday.

Ras Kimono, whose debut album Under Pressure, led by the single Rum-Bar Stylée, was a big hit on the Nigerian music scene in 1989.

"I received with sadness the news of the passing away of Ras Kimono, a great reggae legend", he said in a statement.

Kimono, born Ekleke Elumelu started out his career at Gbenoba Secondary School Agbor before becoming a member of the legendary Jastix Reggae Ital, together with contemporaries, Majek Fashek, Amos McRoy Jegg and Black Rice Osagie.

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Kimono dominated the music industry in Nigeria in the late 80s. He released his first solo album after he left the group.

His style of music was significantly influenced by the hardship he experienced in his early life.

The renowned singer, who was in the forefront of the Nigerian music revolution of the 1990's, is one of the most accomplished reggae acts Nigeria has ever produced.

He was popular for hot Reggae music hits in the 90's.

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