Legendary Reggae Artist, Ras Kimono topped Music charts in the late 80’s and 90’s with Dance hall hits “Under Pressure”, “Rumba stylee” to name a few.
His career garnered international acclaim earning him recognition as, the undisputed King of African Reggae music.
After a long absence from the Entertainment scene, the Multi Award winning Reggae Artist returned to Nigeria in 2009. In an effort to reconnect with his fans, the African Reggae King released Albums in 2009 and 2011.
In this Interview, a very confident Ras Kimono talks about his Music, Political views and much more.
JJ: It’s been a while! What have you been up to lately?
RK: Thanks sister Joi, I have been doing shows and been promoting my new album called Matter Of Time.
JJ: Your video “Veteran” was released recently. What message do you want convey through the song?
RK: The message is that some artistes come up with an album, hit the chat and disappear. With this song, I am telling them to be serious if this (Music) will be their livelihood.
JJ: There’s also a track on the album titled “WICKED POLITICIANS“. Lyrics to the song call for “fire to burn dem wicked Politicians”, what inspired that song?
Wicked Politicians – Ras Kimono
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RK: The way Nigerian politicians are going about issues show that they don’t have the interest of the masses at heart. That was the inspiration behind the song.
JJ: How do you define a “wicked Politician”?
RK:Those who don’t have good intentions for Nigeria as a Country.
JJ: As an advocate for social change, if you were President of Nigeria at this time, what would be your priority to address and why?
RK: Never thought of being a President my sister. You dont know where to start from. There is a lot of problem our past Presidents have caused. They have deceived us in the past. There needs to be a revolution for the country to run well. I read your blogs and each time, I say to myself “this sister is a comrade”. So , I know you know what I am talking about.
Personally, I think Military rule has been the best for African countries. Civilians steal clean and get away. Olabode George went to prison and came back to be celebrated like a King. At the end of the day, you find out that Fire has to burn dem wicked politicians for anything to change. Yah man!
JJ: Let’s go back to your Music. Should we be expecting any collaborations in the near future or are you sticking with solo albums?
RK: Matter of time was a solo album but I might do some collabo someday.
JJ: One of the most remarkable highlights in your career was the Benson & Hedges World tour. It is on record that some of your stadium concerts attracted an average of 45,000 people per show. What will you consider to be the highest point in your career?
RK: My best is yet to come. The Benson and Hedges concerts were good. Before they left Nigeria in 1999, the concert in Kano had over 100, 000 people. I got some good shows in the past but, I know my best is yet to come.
JJ: So, can we say that Ras Kimono is back for good?
RK: Yes for good and I have been saying it since I came back to Nigeria 3 years ago.
JJ: Are you confident?
RK: Most definitely.
JJ: Do you get nervous about how people will receive your music ?
RK: No. I am not perturbed at all. I play Reggae and there are not many Reggae musicians anymore.
JJ: How do you assess today’s Music industry?
RK: Its unfortunate that the new era of musicians have killed music with lip-syncing and miming. I had featured in an MTN concert recently. Aside from myself and another female artist, the rest were doing “Soundtrack”. We need to bring LIVE music back.
JJ: What is your relationship with the younger artists like?
RK: Good. The young generation artists acknowledge me . Wherever I go, I am seen as a veteran and there is no disrespect.
JJ: What advice do you have for struggling Reggae artists all over the world who look up to you?
RK: Keep working hard and pray because it’s never a fluke.
JJ: On a personal note, how do you spend your free time when you’re not in the studio?
RK: Listening to Reggae music or playing snooker with friends.
JJ: Any final word for your fans?
RK: Please my fans, go out there and buy my new album titled, Matter Of Time. Also, you can log on to my facebook page to watch my new musical video, Veteran .
JJ: Thank you for your time. All the best with the new album.
RK: More Love always sister Joi, Rastafari liveth.
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NEW VIDEO: VETERAN
THROW BACK VIDEO: RUMBA STYLEE