Premier Records Ltd, the record company that has released the works of Ras Kimono for thirty years has issued an official reaction on the demise of its music artiste. When contacted Global Harmony on Sunday afternoon as the sad news broke, Mr Toju Ejueyitchie, the Managing Director of the company, who was in a state of shock, promised to make the official statement available on Monday. The Rub a dub Master, who celebrated his 60th birthday on the 9th of May,2018, passed on after a brief illness on the 10th of June.
The full text reads;
The Board, Management and Staff of Premier Records Ltd and its subsidiary, Premier Music Publishing Company Ltd were on Sunday June 10, 2018 greeted with the debilitating news of the passing on of Ras Kimono from the terrestrial world.
His relationship with the Company began exactly thirty years ago when he signed a contract with Polygram Records Ltd (as we were known then) for the release of his monster hit “UNDER PRESSURE” in 1988. Thereafter he went on to produce several iconic evergreen reggae hits which have ruled the airwaves and have become household sing –songs over the years.
He was the epitome of peace. He never created enemity but sought to make peace even in the most difficult circumstance.
His philosophy of life, which was to see the unification of all black people all over the world encouraged him to travel to several Continents, including places as far as Papua New Guinea. His idea of perfect happiness was for all mankind to see themselves as one. It is no wonder that many of his songs preached against injustice.
He was once asked, “are you Under Pressure”? His response was “Yes. Everybody is Under Pressure”. So “Whats’ Gwan”? His response was “We have to “Run Fi Cover”.
Kimono, you are now under the Cover of the most high God. You will be sorely missed.
Further details on his final journey home will be given by the family.
For and on behalf of the Board, Management & Staff of the Premier family.