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Ras Kimono dies at 60, COSON mourns

The Copyright Society of Nigeria(COSON) on Sunday lamented the demise of Nigerian reggae music legend Ras Kimono, who passed on at 60.

The iconic music legend reportedly died on Sunday at Lagoon Hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos after a brief illness.

The Chairman of COSON, Tony Okoroji , who confirmed this, said the death of the Delta State-born singer was “shocking and a big loss to the entertainment industry.”

“Right now I am talking to you from the Lagoon Hospital, and I can inform you that Ras Kimono is no more.

“His death came as a shock,because I spoke with him yesterday.

“He will be terribly missed, as he was not just a board member of COSON, but a personal friend who gave me 100% support.

”He was supposed to travel to the United States today before he complained of a a minor illness last night,”he said.

Okoroji however stressed that solace should be drawn from the fact that the late reggae legend left indelible foot prints as a passionate artiste who contributed his quota to the growth of Nigerian music.

He therefore prayed God to grant his family the strength to bear the irreparable loss,adding that COSON and the entire music industry would celebrate the life and times of the late singer.

Ras Kimono, who was born Ekeleke Elumelu on May 9,1958, started his music career as a member of the legendary Jastix Reggae Ital, alongside Majek Fashek, Amos McRoy Jegg and Black Rice Osagie.

His music was immersed with lyrics concerning poverty, inequality and hardship he witnessed in his early life.

He released his solo debut album “Under pressure” on the Premier Music label in 1989, which propelled him to instant continental stardom.

The album had hits like “Under pressure”, “Natty get jail” and the massive hit “Rhumba Style.”

He later released a string of hit albums, touring all over Africa, Europe and the United States,promoting his brand of reggae music.

Ras Kimono won several awards including the Nigeria Music Awards, Fame Music Award,and before his death he was still performing to fan-base of all ages, and his brand of music still remained timeless.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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