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Reggae legend, Ras Kimono lays to rest

Reggae legend, Ras Kimono lays to rest…

It was a moment of mourning as the remains of late Nigerian reggae legend, Ras Kimono were yesterday laid-in-state at the Cenotaph, Asaba Delta State capital as the journey to his final resting place continued.

Activities for  Kimono’s funeral rites which commenced  in Lagos earlier this week had continued in Asaba as reggae lovers,   members of the Rasta fraternity and the Copyright Society of Nigeria , COSON, yesterday  embarked on a procession along major streets in the metropolis. Kimono died on June 10, 2018 and will be laid to rest today (Saturday) at his   home town, Onicha-Olona community,   Aniocha North Local Government Area, Delta State.

Chief Executive Officer of COSON, Tony Okoroji, in a tribute to the late reggae icon, described Kimono as an incredibly talented and detribalised Nigerian who stood for peace in his entire lifetime.

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Reggae Legend Ras Kimono

He said: “I know that Kimono lives. As we drove from Lagos yesterday (Thursday), ordinary people at every stop, were singing Kimono’s songs and dancing to his beats.”

On her part,   Oge, Kimono’s daughter,  said her father “came, saw and conquered.”

Describing him as her best friend, she  said her father was selfless, compassionate, loving and patient. She added  that through her father, the world experienced the true meaning of love.

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Similarly, veteran singer, Sunny Nneji, described him as a ‘game changer’ for reggae music.

He said, “It is difficult for me to measure but I would say he had great influence on the Nigeria reggae scene, I would say Kimono literally single-handedly changed the entire reggae sound in Nigeria.

“His music wasn’t about the sound, but the consciousness of his lyrics”.

According to Majek Fashek, another veteran in the industry, and a one-time bandmate of the late Kimono, he was a humble man who stood for love.

“He was a good man, a humble man, he was like me, he stood for one love,” the singer said.

Also, veteran broadcaster, Bisi Olatilo who was a close friend of Kimono said the loss was still unbelievable.


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