Just In: Nigerian Reggae Music Icon Majek Fashek Dies

Majek Fashek dies
Majek Fashek

Legendary Nigerian singer, songwriter and guitarist, Majekodunmi Fasheke popularly known as Majek Fashek, has died.

Omenka Uzoma, who has served as his manager and publicist for about seven years, announced this in an Instagram post early Tuesday, saying;

 The Legend has gone to be with the LORD his Maker. We should all celebrate him — his achievement.

The ‘Send Down The Rain’ crooner died crooner died on Monday in New York at age 57.

Before the announcement of his death, Fashek has had a long-running battle with his health.

In November 2019, he was hospitalized at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, London.

The music icon toured the world with the sound of African reggae with hit songs such as the ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ and ‘Send Down the Rain.’

Majek’s 1988 album ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ and the single ‘Send Down the Rain’ became a major hit worldwide and garnered multiple awards, including Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria’s album of the year in 1989.

It was followed by ‘So Long for Too Long’ in 1991, which incorporated haunting vocals with the artist’s captivating rhythm.

Also known as ‘The Rainmaker’, he has worked with various artists including Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, and Beyoncé.

Some of his other hit songs are; ‘Religion na politics,’ ‘Free Mandela,’ ‘Majek Fashek in a New York,’ ‘Little patience,’ ‘I come from the ghetto,’ ‘Africa United’ and ‘Mother.’

In the early 2000s, Majek, whose stage name was a coined from his full name Majekodunmi Fasheke, featured in some local film productions in Nigeria, including ‘Mark of the Beast’.

In the last few years of his life, there were multiple allegations of excessive drug use, which led to the constant battle with his health, but the artist denied the allegations.

It would be recalled that in November 2019, Majek’s manager, Uzoma had announced that the singer who was at the time admitted at a medical facility in London was seriously ill and they requested for donations from Nigerians.

Fortunately, Nigerian billionaire business mogul, Femi Otedola reportedly took over the hospital bills of Majek Fashek.

He was survived by four children and his ex-wife, Rita.

May his soul Rest In Peace.

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