Nigeria’s legendary Reggae artist, Ras Kimono, who died on Sunday, June 10 in Lagos state, Nigeria at the age of 60, will now be buried on August 25, 2018.
Born Ukeleke Elumelu Onwubuya, the icon had slumped on the fateful day, and was rushed to a hospital in Ikoyi, where he was declared dead.
A statement issued by the family reads, “We wish to inform the general public that the Burial Ceremony for late Ras Kimono has been slated for the August 25.
The program of the events leading to the funeral will be made available in due course. We wish to thank everyone who has individually and collectively supported us during these trying times and we pray the Almighty God to guide and protect us all.”
The burial will be coming two months after he passed away.
In the same vein, members of the planning committee for the burial, which features his family members and industry colleagues, also announced plans to give him a befitting week-long funeral and hold an annual event in remembrance of his legacy..
The chairman of the planning committee, Mr Theophilus Ehizibue, said this at a press briefing on Tuesday.
He also noted that the deceased would have marked 35 years on stage this year and the family has decided that there will be an annual event to celebrate him.
“Having played for 35 years on stage which co-incidentally is this year, the family and friends have decided that there will be an annual event to mark his remembrance, his personality, his kind of music and what he represents”, Ehizibue said.
The life and times of the great Reggae icon
Ras Kimono, who was born in Delta State was already well-known in music circles as he was an ever present face at bars and clubs working on a weekly basis as a member of the band, The Jastiz that had other proficient acts like Amos McRoy Jegg, Black Rice Osagie and Majek Fashek.
For Ras kimono, he was more than just an artist as through his music, which was greatly influenced by the hardship and inequality he witnessed, he became a voice for the people.
While Rhumba style was fun and one for the dance-floor, under pressure was his reflective state addressing scenario within the polity under the military government of General ibrahim Babangida.
Throughout the span of his career, Ras kimono earned reverence among industry colleagues for his passion, outspoken nature and unerasable mark on the music scene.