Veteran musician Ras Kimono has expressed his disgust over the kind of music being made by young Nigerian artistes in recent times.
Ras Kimono who was one of the biggest Reggae stars to emerge in the Nigerian music scene in the late 1980s, has expressed his displeasure with the direction the new crop of Nigerian musicians are taking music to.
The reggae star who released his hit song ‘under-pressure’ in 1989, was known for singing about the situation in the country.
In an interview with Vanguardngr, the ‘man with the dreadlocks’ had this to say:
“None of the new crop of artistes now are doing real reggae. They are afraid to sing reality. They’re all about bum-bum and such mundane things. They’re all singing about foolishness and nothingness. Look at what is happening in the country today; the president is also doubling as the Minister for Petroleum, and nobody is talking about it. I’m angry.”
When asked if he’d like to work with any of the artistes, he said:
“Which of them would I like to work with, or which of them would like to work with me? Anyway, none of them is doing real reggae, so I’m confused and paranoid about working with any of them.”
Ras Kimono also refuses to believe that reggae as a genre of music is dead in Nigeria, he said this:
“As long as Ras Kimono lives, then reggae is still alive in Nigeria. If reggae is dead, you won’t come and talk to me now. I’m in the studio working, and I’ll be coming out with a brand new tune before the year runs out.”
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