More Tributes For Ras Kimono @ Premier Records Limited Show

The night of tributes for late Reggae Icon, Ras Kimono continued on Monday at the Freedom Park, Lagos Island.

Despite the heavy downpour and the never-ending  Lagos traffic, friends, fans, colleagues and well wishers of Kimono thronged the venue of the event organized by Premier Music in conjunction with Freedom Park to pay their respect to their idol.

Just as Kimono would have wanted it as a free minded and jolly good fellow, it was music, dance and inspirational words about the life and times of the great legend.

Aside the songs of  Kimono professionally dished out by the very popular reggae On-Air-Personality, Covenant Child, the tribute song of veteran reggae star Righteousman rent the air as it enjoyed continuous rotation while the gathering who all came with the trademark whistle of Kimono whistled away as they danced.

While formally welcoming everyone and opening the floor for a deluge of tribute, Project Manager of Premier Music, Mr. Mike Odiong, said: “The Ras kimono I know would not tolerate a dull moment. He will forever remain in our hearts. As a record label he was one of the most charismatic and most cherished artiste on our brand. We closely worked with him for over 30 years with four albums to his credit. He has always been there for us. We are supposed to do 35 years on stage but we would still do it regardless of his passing on.”

Representing the motion picture industry, top filmmaker, producer,  Zik Zulu Okafor said: “I stand here on behalf of Nollywood. I have known Kimono since 1990. Kimono was not only a musician, his philosophy was deep. It is a personal tragedy for me. But I am glad his songs which are timeless will speak to generations to come.”

Bola Brown on behalf of Freedom Park also made his comment; “I have known Kimono when I was a DJ at the floating Buka restaurant. Kimono was the only old school artiste that supports new artistes. To keep his legacy alive I am suggesting a foundation be set up. We will follow that up. His music is evergreen.”
For Dezign, he was happy to meet his dream legend, he had been admiring from childhood. “ Ras Kimono never discriminated against anyone.”

With his full paraphernalia of office, Ras Edu Dicksons (JP) the national Grand patron of Rastas in Nigeria and Africa representative who was pleased with the works of Queen, a reggae musician, formally initiated her to the Rastafarian community said; “ I am the father of the Rastas in Nigeria. It is difficult to come to terms with the death of my son. I have been in town all week long to say that my son is laid to rest. I am not scared because I know kimono is not dead, he has only flown to zion. For his prophetic philosophy, lifestyle and humility, four years ago, I gave him an award, ‘First Reggae Royal Prophet.’ He has been a prophet a long time ago. If you notice or know that none of the big prophets have lived for a long time. I am here to make sure that my son is put to rest. May he rest in the bosom of Jah Rastafari.”

Eddy Lawani: “He was a very honest person. Kimono is one of the most hardworking, disciplined and honest of all the artistes that I have worked with. He was not a regular artiste, he would have been a multi millionaire but he never was because he was driven by his principle and philosophy.

Long time friend of Kimono and also an artiste, Sam Okoro who flew in few hours from Atlanta, U.S recalled how they bond whenever he goes to the United States. “He doesn’t put money on anything he does. He was featured in a yet to be released wonderful gospel song with an American based gospel artistes. I only go out whenever he comes around. My daughter uses as screen saver a photo she took with Kimono. He will surely be missed.”

Ben Okoro: “His humility was unsurpassed. He had his first outing in University of Lagos. He was a honourary member of the reggae international club, UNILAG.”
Fela’s protégée, Dede Mabiaku: Kimono no sell out. I no cry because na we all lose.

Kimono’s passing should be a sign for us. Kimono’s life is a symbol of our truth. If we have good medical professionals and facilities, Kimono would have been alive. The hospital he was rushed to was waiting for N2.5m and they kept him for a long time. By the time they got the money, it was late. They were only interested in collecting money. If we all keep on keeping quiet nothing will change. Kimono changed the face of the music industry. In your life never deny the great one his last wish.

Shivering and in tears, Oge Kimono, daughter of the late Icon said: “It is really tough, it’s still a shock. We are just keeping strong, trying our best to celebrate him. No one has said anything bad about him. Kimono stood for equality, unity, peace and love.”
Others at the well attended event included Gloria Ibru, Angel Zigzag,Zeb Ejiro, Mike Nliam, Zubby Enebeli, among others.

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