11 Jun 2018

Nigeria Reggae Icon,Ras Kimono is dead

Reggae legend, Ekeleke Elumelu, popularly known as Ras Kimono, is dead.

The singer reportedly died on Sunday in a Lagos hospital after a brief illness.

In a recent chat with PUNCH, the reggae star said, he had been a vegetarian for over 37 years and neither smoked nor drank alcohol.

He said 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.

When people attribute recklessness to youthful exuberance, I get worried because I once passed through that stage too. I believe it is all about your upbringing. The fact that you are young doesn’t mean you should be wayward.”

Ras Kimono's music was greatly influenced by the poverty, inequality and hardship he witnessed in his early life. His first album in the late 80's sold over 100,000 copies. He toured all of Africa, Europe & the US.

"Nigerians has been in a mourning state after the news broke out of his death. Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ras Kimono. He came to light up the reggae world in Africa at a time when music lovers needed a breath of fresh air. He was a fresh air at the time". May His Soul Rest in Peace.

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