Three tribute concerts will be organised in honour of Okeleke Elumelu, the late Nigerian musician better known as Ras Kimono.
The ‘Rhumba Stylee’ singer died on June 10 at a hospital in Lagos.
Theophilus Ehizibue, on behalf of the late singer’s family, has announced the series of events leading up to his funeral.
On Friday, August 17, a social wake-keep will be held at his residence in Magodo, Lagos from 8pm till dawn.
The first of the tribute concerts will be hosted by Premier Music at Freedom Park on Monday, August 20, while a reggae dancehall party will simultaneously take place at his Magodo residence.
The Association of Music Band Organisation of Nigeria (AMBON) will host another tribute concert at Freedom Park on Tuesday, August 21.
Subsequently, on Wednesday, August 22, the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) will host the final tribute night at COSON house, Ikeja.
On Friday, August 24, a lying-in-state will be held at the Lagos Television Blue Roof Arena, Agidingbi, Ikeja, after which his body will be transported to Asaba, Delta.
Another lying-in-state, an interment and reception will be held in his family compound in Onitsha Olona on Saturday, August 25.
Born in May 1958, Ras Kimono had his first musical exposure with The Jastix, a group which comprised Amos McRoy, Black Rice Osagie and Majek Fashek.
The musician would later, on his own, release a debut album, ‘Under Pressure’, in 1989.
During the course of his career, he toured Africa, Europe and the United States with his Massive Dread Reggae Band.
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