Ras Kimono

Ras Kimono was born on May 9, 1958. He was a Nigerian reggae artist. His real names are Ekele Elumelu, born in Delta State. He attended Gbenoba Secondary School Agbor.

Ras Kimono debut album brought him into fame-light in  1989. The album which was a major hit back was titled,  "Under Pressure" led by the single "Rum-Bar StylĂ©e". 

Before he released his solo album, he was in a group called The Jastix along with Amos McRoy Jegg, Black Rice Ossagie and Majek Fashek. 


Kimono's music was greatly influenced by the 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 such as "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. 


Raskimono won several awards including the Nigeria Music Awards, Fame Music Awards and many more. His music is still played on radio, throughout West Africa. 

His "Under Pressure" album sold over 100,000 copies. What’s Gwan proved even more successful, with the topics selected including legalization of marijuana, and the need for Africans to intellectually repel colonialism and its arbitrary boundaries between tribes. Most controversially, he was not averse to naming directly those in power he saw as synonymous with backdoor imperialism.

He died, at the age of 60, on 10 June 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria

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