Clerics, others described late Ras Kimono as a fearless philosopher, teacher
Rev. Fr Pius Eluka, a Catholic cleric on Monday said that Ras Kimono was a fearless philosopher and demonstrated the quality it in his lyrics during his life time.
“This Reggae master was a disciplined singer who spoke to the people and was very futuristic in his music,” he said.
Similarly, Rev. Fr. Tony Afariogu, a lecturer at All Saints’ Major Seminary, Ekpoma, Edo, described the late Ras Kimono’s music as good and sensible.’’
Afariogun said that a listener could learn something positive from old tunes unlike the modern music where musicians were only adding all sorts of words together and call it music.
“The modern music is full of immoral words. It is not good for Christians. The youth should learn from the old music.
The lyrics and wordings of old music teach moral lessons,” he said.
Afariogun urged parents not to allow their children and wards to listen to majority of today’s kind of music.
Also, a reggae guitarist with U-B 40, Temitope Babayemi, said that Ras Kimono was as a Reggae colossus whose content would out live him.
Babayemi, the Vice-President, Actors Guild of Nigeria, said, “The 60-0year-old veteran was a true Reggae master who had left an indelible mark on the sand of time.
“His death was a painful one to me personally and to his numerous fans and friends.’’
He prayed that God should give his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Babayemi however advised the government to improve on the nation’s primary healthcare so that people that needed medical attention could get it fast.
“Kimono came, saw and in spite of the incredible odds, conquered. May Jah grant his great soul sweet repose,” he said.
He also advised artists to learn to be a reflection of their immediate environment.
Similarly, a gospel artiste, Paula Mbah (JP), told NAN that Ras Kimono had good content that would outlive him decades after.
“Though, the Reggae master is gone, his lyrics will remain alive in the minds of people because he took after the likes of late Bob Marley who dropped powerful contents,” she said.