NED NWOKO PRAISES RAS KIMONO AS A REGAE PACESETTER.
· As burial activities continue.
Leading senatorial aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta North Senatorial District, Prince [Hon] Ned Nwoko has paid tributes to the late veteran Nigerian reggae artist, Ras Kimono describing him as an authentic reggae pacesetter and a cultural icon.
In a statement personally signed by Prince Nwoko on Tuesday, he described the late Rumba Style exponent as a brother and an illustrious son of Anioma [Delta North Senatorial District). Kimono died on Sunday June 10, 2018 at the age of 60 and would be buried this Saturday at his hometown, Onicha-Olona in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State.
Prince Ned Nwoko extoled Ras Kimono as a highly disciplined reggae legend stressing that despite being a Rastafarian, he neither smoked nor took alcohol. Also, he never indulged in drug consumption or peddling. He hailed the reggae legend as a man who believed in fair play and freedom of choice.
“I am deeply saddened by the demise of a brother, a supporter and a friend, the great reggae maestro, Ras Kimono. He was a trail blazer who did so much to popularize reggae music by using it as an instrument for social injustice. He successfully used music to fight societal ills, maladministration and injustice in the society,” Prince Ned Nwoko stated.
He said the news of the death of Ras Kimono was a rude shock to him. “While alive he identified with my struggle to rescue and uplift our people. As a matter of fact, he joined my campaign entourage during my consultative tour of some parts of Delta North Senatorial District, notably Ndokwa East and Ndokwa West Local Government Areas early this year.
He believed in his root. He believed in the cause of a greater Anioma.
The former member of House of Representatives between 1999 and 2003 recalled his first meeting with Ras Kimono way back in the late 1980s thus: “I can vividly remember that he [Ras Kimono] had a record contract in Kenya about 1989. And when he had some issues with the company, he sought my assistance which I freely gave as a young international attorney at the time. Then I was a young lawyer in the United Kingdom. I helped him just as I did for many upcoming artistes and other Africans.”
The leading contender for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial ticket for Delta North District said there was no doubt that Kimono would be missed by millions of his fans and those his music touched positively. “He was truly a role model and a great force to be reckoned with especially back in the late 1980s and 1990s with his popular brand of reggae music,” Hon Nwoko added.