The Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, PMAN President, Dr. Gbenga Falope, in a statement has assured that the body will key into the programme of the family of late reggae legend, Augustine Onwubuya popularly called Ras Kimono who passed on late Sunday after a brief illness.
“Ras Kimono was very supportive of my administration especially when I assumed office some couple of months ago,” Falope said adding that the African continent would miss the musician who ruled the airwaves and dance floors across the continent in the 80s through late 90s. “He (Ras Kimono) was truly a legend, a man of peace, and he would be remembered as such. That is why I and the executive as well as all PMAN members across the country would key into the family’s burial programme and give him a befitting ceremony reserved for people like him.”
Meanwhile, Falope with members of the National Working Committee have embarked on states chapters restructuring.
The exercise is in line with the directives of the PMAN regulatory body, the Trade Union under the Ministry of Labour and Employment aimed at having a correct database for the artistes’ body according to international best practices.
Elections, according to Falope Jr have been conducted in some states chapters with new executive put in place. “And more state chapters are warming up for elections too. Subcommittees have also been established at the national level to embrace members and stakeholders of the union,” the PMAN president said.
The subcommittees headed by renowned musicians and professionals, shall go a long way in bringing peace, unity and progress to PMAN, the statement said even as he reiterated that PMAN is “one indivisible body. We have no faction because the Industrial court has resolved that issue of authenticity long ago. That is why we call on to join hands with us to take PMAN to its once enviable heights.”