Nigeria’s music legend, Majek Fashek is dead. He died in Benin in the early hours of today, Tuesday. He was 71.
The death of the reggae sensation was confirmed by his manager, Omenka Uzoma who through a short Instagram video said “The legend has gone to be with the Lord. But this time, we should all celebrate him.
“He has done a lot for Nigeria and Africa. Whatever the family decides, will get to you,” Uzoma stated.
Majek was born on February 6, 1949, at the Central Hospital, Benin City, Edo State and believed to have link with Egba, Ogun State. He grew up in Benin.
The African reggae icon shot himself into national and international recognition in 1987, when he came out with the mystical tune, “Send Down The Rain,” which seemed to have coerced a rain storm that ended a major draught in Nigeria’ s history at the time.
His other album – Prisoner Of Conscience, released in 1988, was also a hit as it sold over 200,000 copies in Nigeria alone and at a time the effects of the IBB foisted SAP on the country were still rife on citizens
The news of the reggae crooner’s demise was announced by Joy Tongo, former artiste manager to Cynthia Morgan on her Instagram handle @joytongo where she posted,”Legendary musician, Mr Majek Fashek, my uncle passed on today in New York City. Majek Fashek was a talented man from Benin City, Edo State. RIP #MajekFashek”
Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly known as Majek Fashek (pronounced as Ma-je-ko-dun-mi Ifa-kii-she-eke), was a Nigerian singer-songwriter and guitarist.
As a performing artist, Majek won numerous local and international awards and staged, graced many international music concerts across the globe. Before his death, he nearly turned a recluse and almost became a bug issue to friends, fans and family. Some help, however, came to him and somehow got rehabilitated.
The release of his last album Weep Not Children in 2017 seemed to have added to his woes again as he was becoming a nuisance to the entertainment world and the society at large.