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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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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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