Three years after, Ras Kimono lives on, book to be launched
On June 10, 2021, music lovers, especially the reggae genre will be marking three years remembrance of the demise of Ras Kimono, one of Nigeria’s greatest musicians who influenced the society with his music. He stood against oppression and dictatorship and was known as a voice of the masses. Kimono, a reggae artiste and social crusader, who passed away on June 10, 2019 at the age of 60, was a household name worldwide until his demise.
To commemorate his three years remembrance, Oge Kimono, his daughter, is putting together a symposium and public presentation of a book on Ras Kimono titled “He fought Babylon with his music” compelled by Dr. Uche Uwaezuoke Okonkwo of the department of History and International Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The book will showcase how Kimono’s music greatly influenced issues.
According to Oge, her father stood for justice and never compromised anything that was anti-people. He drew inspiration from things happening around him and the need to change them. “I am happy that my father’s works have not been in vain, people have recognized his massive contributions to the society and have decided to tell his story through a book. It is not every day you have books written about artistes in Nigeria, my father is one of the few ones that this has happened to. I want to thank the lecturers that have decided to celebrate him through this book. They have worked very hard in putting this together, I don’t have anything but gratitude and love to show for them. This is just a presentation and reading excerpts from the book, we will announce a later day for the proper launch”.
The symposium will be held on June 10, 2021, via zoom.