Ghanaian reggae and dancehall singer Rudebwoy Ranking has been confirmed dead by colleagues, multiple sources have reported in Ghana.
According to local media reports, the musician whose real name is Mustapha Rahman, passed away at 28 on 24 April, 2023, at the Ridge Hospital in the capital Accra, where he was receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness.
Condolences have been pouring in from the musician’s colleagues and fans on social media, with many remembering him as a talented and promising artist and advocate for social justice. The musician was known for using his platform to raise awareness about issues affecting young people in Ghana.
“Rest easy my bro,” fellow dancehall singer Epixode posted. “Sad this is a caption I have to add uploading your pic today. You did your best and we will forever love you.”
“We lost one,” hiplife veteran Reggie Rockstone said. “Rest in Jah light, king.”
“Rest in Peace Rudebwoy Ranking,” Kweysi Swat, who collaborated with Rudebwoy Ranking on ‘Otan Hun’, said.
Radio broadcaster David Germain said: “May Allah keep your soul superstar! This is untimely. You did your best for Ghana’s reggae/dancehall.”
Rudebwoy Ranking burst onto the music scene in 2013 with ‘Don’t Cry’, swiftly following the track over the years with several other successful songs and high-profile collaborations, including ‘Pain Dem’, ‘Ghetto Bible’ and ‘Wash Ur Face’.
He released his debut album Elevation Time in 2016. He was signed to RawMind Records.