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Nigerian reggae music icon Ras Kimono dies at 60

Nigeria's reggae music icon, Ukeleke Onwubuya, popularly known as Ras Kimono has reportedly passed on

Voice of Nigeria learnt that Ras Kimono suddenly slumped on Saturday and was rushed to the hospital where he later died on Sunday the 10th of July.

Also confirming the death, a factional Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Tony Okoroji told Channels Television that he had visited the legendary reggae musician in the hospital.

Okoroji, who said he shook hands with Ras Kimono, lamented, This is a terrible loss to the music industry.

COSON deeply regrets to announce the passing on of a frontline member of our board � great African and great musician, the reggae toaster, the great Ras Kimono Onwubuya, he added in a text.

Similarly, President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Mr Pretty Okafor, said he was shocked when he received the news that the reggae artiste had died.

Ras Kimono rose to stardom after the release of his debut album 'Under Pressure' in the late '80s. The album led by the single Rum-Bar Stylee, was a big hit in the Nigerian music scene in 1989

His style of music was significantly influenced by the hardship he experienced in his early life.

The late reggae music icon won several awards including the Nigeria Music Awards and Fame Music Awards among others.

Source: Voice of Nigeria