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Nigerians Mourn the Loss of Reggae Legend Ras Kimono

The celebrated artist was known for his socially conscious reggae anthems.

Following a short illness, Nigerian musician Ras Kimono, passed away yesterday morning, reports CNN Africa. He was 60.

The multiple award-winning artist was a celebrated figure within the Nigerian music industry, known for producing music that addressed the country's social ills.

Born Ukeleke Elumelu Onwubuya, the artists, along with his band Massive Dread, rose to fame in 1989 following the release of his debut album "Under Pressure." Other notable hits include "We No Wan," and "Rub A Dub." He was also known for his popular anti-apartheid anthem "Kill Apartheid."


"Ras Kimono made an immeasurable contribution in the field of arts. He used music for political awakening. He was not a praise singer for the establishment. His songs were for the poor and for his country. Adieu," wrote Senator Sheu Sani. Many Nigerians have been sharing warm memories of the singer all morning.







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