The Copyright Society of Nigeria, COSON has continued to hail the contributions of reggae maestro, Ras Kimono, a year after his demise.
COSON held a memorial lecture to honour Kimono who died on June 10, 2018, for his contributions to the development of the Nigerian music industry.
The memorial lecture entitled: “Revolutionary Music for Equality and Justice”, was delivered by a former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Management Services, University of Lagos, Professor Duro Oni.
According to Oni, Kimono employed the reggae music genre as a social canvass through which government failures and the suppression and marginalisation of the masses were addressed.
“There is no denying the power of music as a revolutionary weapon and social commentary. Kimono was undoubtedly one of the best reggae musicians in Nigeria, who used his songs to combat social injustice and inequality.
“The content of his lyrics is such that the listener is able to fully appreciate the creativity and imagery associated with the lyrics; hence, facilitating his awareness of what is going on in the society. His creative ingenuity and digital prowess have left a growing legacy on the sand of time,” the professor said.
The professor also noted that in 2010, Kimono released a song entitled “Kill Apartheid” when South Africa was at the peak of apartheid.
He said that Kimono unequivocally condemned apartheid in the song and called on the international community to abolish apartheid in South Africa.
According to Oni, Kimono was committed to the COSON’s cause and fought against anything that could bring down the association.
“He saw in COSON, a watershed institution for the development of the Nigerian creative industry. Kimono effectively contributed to the world with his art, and used music as a tool for revolution. “The king is dead, long live the king,” he said.
Kimono, whose debut album; Under Pressure, led by the single, Rum-Bar Stylé, was a hit on the Nigerian music scene in 1989.
The reggae maestro was born on May 9, 1958 in Ekeleke Elumelu, Delta State.