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Ras Kimono Bio, Biography, Wife (Efemena Okedi), Children, Real Name, Net Worth, Burial, Songs, Albums and Death (1958-2018)

23rd September 2018, wife to the late Ras Kimoni, Efe Okedi dies

Ras Kimono Biography

Ras Kimono Bio

Ras Kimono birth name Ekeleke Elumelu was born on 9th May 1958 and died on 10th June, 2018 at the age of 60 years old. He was a Nigerian reggae artist whose debut album Under Pressure released in late 80s, including the single “Rum-Bar Stylée”, was a major hit in the Nigerian music scene. Before he released his solo album, he was in a band group called The Jastix alongside Amos McRoy and Majek Fashek.
Born 9 May 1958, Asaba, Nigeria
Died 10 June 2018, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
Cause of Death Heart Attack
Burial 25 August 2018 in Asaba, the Delta State capital, Nigeria
Occupation Artist
Wife Sybl later married his manager Efe Okedi
Children  Oge Kimono, Sennami Onwubuya
Net Worth
$ 500 Million at the time of his death

Ras Kimono Wife Efe Okedi dies

Efemena Okedi, wife of the late reggae legend, Ras Kimono is dead. Efemena died in the early hours of Sunday 23rd September 2018 in her Magodo-Isheri home in Lagos.

Her death comes three months after Ras Kimono passed on.

She was Ras Kimono’s third and closest wife. The couple had one daughter.

The late Ras Kimono and his Wife Efe Okedi 
The late Ras Kimono and his Wife Efe Okedi

Ras Kimono Music Career

Ras Kimono was born in Delta State, Nigeria, he began his music career after finishing his understudies in Gbenoba Secondary School Agbor. He joined a reggae band, Jastix Reggae Ital, alongside Majek Fashek, Amos McRoy Jegg, and Black Rice Osagie. His music was greatly influenced by the poverty, inequality, and hardship that he encountered while growing up. He released his solo album Under Pressure on the Premier Music label in 1989, which pushed him to a household name in the reggae industry. The record had hits, including, “Under strain,” “Natty Get Jail” and the huge hit “Rhumba Style.” He later discharged a string of hit albums, touring all over Africa, Europe, and the United States, advancing his image of reggae music.

He won a few honors including the Nigeria Music Awards, Fame Music Awards and some more. In 2010, he was still performing to royal reggae music fan-base of different generations and his music is still played on the radio, all through West Africa. Kimono served a long apprenticeship on the Nigerian music circuit, trying different things with various styles, previously making his late 1980s achievement as a reggae vocalist. Together with his Massive Dread Reggae Band. Kimono released his debut album, Under Pressure in 1989, joined by the well known single, “Rum-Bar Stylee”, this uncovered both a Jamaican and local African impact (the last especially clear in his ‘Patois’ conveyance, as often as possible utilized by Fela Kuti to speak with the urban underclass). His firmly polemical verses delivered collection offers of more than 100,000 copies, and an intense after for his promotion of social change. What’s Gwan demonstrated considerably more fruitful, with the themes chosen including legitimization of weed, and the requirement for Africans to mentally repulse expansionism and its self-assertive limits between clans. Most questionable, he was not disinclined to naming people straightforwardly with the significant influence he saw as synonymous with secondary passage colonialism.

Ras Kimono Death and Cause

On 9th June 2018 Saturday night, Ras Kimono fell sick at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, while holding up to get onto a trip to the United States. He was quickly raced to the doctor’s facility in Ikeja, Lagos and later transferred to Lagoon Hospital in the Island where he kicked the bucket on Sunday morning.

His passing was confrimed by the President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, Pretty Okafor and the Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria, Chief Tony Okoroji.

Ras Kimono was an extremely modest and incredible individual. He was more similar to a father to me than a companion or associate. He was one performer that never had any issue with anyone in the music business. We are extremely going to miss him,” Okafor

Ras Kimono Burial

There was an outpouring of tributes and emotions on Friday 24 August 2018 as the remains of late reggae music star, Ras Kimono, arrived Asaba, the Delta State capital, for burial on  Saturday, 25 August 2018. Ras Edu Dickson, National grand patron for Rastafarian Movement and Africa’s representative, noted that Kimono was a gift to the world. He said the late singer should be immortalised.

Ras Kimono Wife and Children

Ras Kimono was married to Sybl, who relocated to the United States of America (USA) with him but did not return with him. They have three daughter

On his return he began a romantic relationship and married to his manager, Efe Okedi, and they have a daughter. Efe Okedi died on 23rd September 2018.

Ras Kimono Daughter

His daughter, Oge Kimono, is also a legendary reggae artiste. She moved from Europe back to Nigeria to revive reggae music.

“I thought it was time for me to come back home, having garnered enough experience in the international scene. I decided to return to Nigeria to pay my dues like every other person. I don’t believe in jumping the line, I am not the kind of artiste that rides on my father’s name to get a break. I believe in working hard and I have been putting in all my efforts to make the difference. Currently, I am not signed on to any label. Whatsoever I am doing now, I am doing it out of my own pocket. I am trying to see how I can revive reggae music in the country. In as much as we do expect to get a return from our sweat, money is not the first thing I see when it comes to music. What I see is getting the message across to the people. Coming back home, I realized that reggae was on the lull. Young people like myself are not even ready to identify with the genre because they believed it is not profitable. So, they want to be on the fast lane and make quick money. Fortunately, I also know a couple of youths who are into reggae music but do not have the platform and push for their music to be heard. That is what Oge Kimono has come to do. I have come to pave the way for those who have been silent for a long time, and of course, to bring reggae music back to where it was previously.”

Ras Kimono Net Worth

Ras Kimono Assets, properties, salary and performance fee are not on record.

Ras Kimono  Albums

  • 1989: Under Pressure
  • 1989: We No Wan
  • 1990: What’s Gwan
  • 1990: Rub A Dub

Ras Kimono  Songs

1. Rastafari Chant
2. Rum-Bar Stylee
3. Kimono De Want
4. What’s Gawn?
5. Under Pressure
6. What’s Gwan
7. Gimme Likkie Sugar
8. Jah Guide 1
9. Rastafarian
10. Slavery Days
11. Under Pressure II
12. Rumbar Stylee
13. Rub-A-Dub Master
14. Kill Apartheid
15. Gimme Likkle Sugar
16. Natty Get Jail
17. Dem Persecute (Rastas)
18. Break The Barrier
19. Do The Ska
20. Do De Ska
21. Bonus Track
22. Last Track
23. We No Wan (Dis **** Stem)
24. Babylon Burning
25. Rumour Mongers
26. Rub-A-Dub-Master
27. Ghetto Music
28. Sa Sad
29. Under Pressure Part 2
30. Dub Master
31. Natty get jai
32. Lucifer
33. Gangster
34. Tyrant
35. Natty Get Bail
36. Rastafarian Chant
37. Whats Gwan
38. Gimme Little Sugar
39. Gimmie Likkle Sugar
40. Barbylon Burning
41. Run Beer Style
42. What a Gwan
43. Kimono Dem Want
44. Natty Gail Jail
45. Rumba Style
46. Whata Gwan
47. Kinomo De Want
48. Gimme Leeke Sugar
49. Under Presure II
50. What a Gwan?

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His real name was Ekeleke Elumelu

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Moses Njoroge is the Senior Editor at Glob Intel, a news and IT service provider company. He has a wide range of experience in freelance writing, Web/System Development and other related IT services.

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