Ras Kimono Biography: Age, Wife, Children & Net Worth

Ras Kimono – Rhumba Style

Stage Name: Ras Kimono
Real Name: Oseloke Augustine Onwubuya
Occupation: Musician
Date Of Birth/Age: 9th May, 1958 – 10th June, 2018
State of Origin: Delta State
Gender: Male
Nationality: Nigerian
Marital Status: Efemena Okedi (late)
Education: University of Lagos
Known for: Rhumba Style

Early Life and Formation of The Jastix

Oseloke Augustine Onwubuya, better known as Ras Kimono, was born on May 9, 1958, in Ekeleke Elumelu, Delta State, Nigeria. Growing up in an environment marked by poverty, inequality, and hardship, Kimono’s early life experiences profoundly influenced his later musical career.

As a young man, Kimono embarked on his musical journey while a student at Gbenoba Secondary School in Agbor. He joined forces with like-minded individuals, including Amos McRoy, Majek Fashek, Jegg, and Black Rice Osagie, to form the reggae group The Jastix Reggae Ital. He later studied Mass Communication at the University of Lagos

Breakthrough with Under Pressure

Kimono’s breakthrough in the Nigerian music scene came with his solo debut album, “Under Pressure,” released in 1989 under the Premier Music label. The album’s leading single, “Rum-Bar Stylée,” became a massive hit, propelling him to instant continental stardom. The album also featured notable tracks like “Under Pressure,” “Natty Get Jail,” and the widely acclaimed “Rhumba Style.”

Rise to Continental Stardom

Following the success of “Under Pressure,” Ras Kimono continued to make waves in the music industry. His music, characterized by a blend of Jamaican and native African influences, resonated with a wide audience. He toured extensively across Africa, Europe, and the United States, promoting his unique brand of reggae music.

Kimono’s socially conscious lyrics, addressing issues such as poverty, inequality, and the legalization of marijuana, earned him a fervent following and contributed to album sales exceeding 100,000 copies. His second album, “What’s Gwan?” (1990), delved even deeper into socio-political themes, advocating for intellectual resistance against colonialism and challenging those in power.

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Awards and Continued Success

Throughout his career, Ras Kimono received numerous accolades, including honors from the Nigeria Music Awards and Fame Music Awards. His contribution to reggae music and his advocacy for social change endeared him to a diverse fan base spanning different age groups. As of 2010, he continued to perform, maintaining a loyal following, and his music remained a fixture on West African radio stations.

Legacy and Controversy

Ras Kimono’s music, often characterized by strongly polemical lyrics, left a lasting impact on the Nigerian music scene. He fearlessly named those in power whom he perceived as synonymous with backdoor imperialism. His albums, including “Run Fi Cover” (1992), “Lone Ranger” (1994), “Oracle of Jah” (1996?), “Matter of Time” (2008), and “Senseless Killing” (2017), further solidified his place as a prominent figure in African reggae.

Passing and Enduring Influence

Tragically, Ras Kimono passed away at the age of 60 on June 10, 2018, in Lagos, Nigeria. Despite his physical departure, his musical legacy lives on. His impact on reggae music in Nigeria, his advocacy for social justice, and his fearless approach to addressing societal issues continue to inspire artists and fans alike. Ras Kimono’s work remains relevant, with his music still resonating with audiences across the continent.

Discography

  • Under Pressure (1988)
  • What’s Gwan? (1990)
  • Run Fi Cover (1992)
  • Lone Ranger (1994)
  • Oracle of Jah (1996?)
  • Matter of Time (2008)
  • Senseless Killing (2017)

 

Wife and Kids

He was married to Efemena Okedi who sadly passed away three months after his demise. The marriage was blessed with five children.

Net Worth

Ras Kimono had a net worth of over $100,000 dollars before his death in 2018. 

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