Nigerian Reggae Legend, Majek Fashek Is Dead

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Nigerian reggae music icon, Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly known as Majek Fashek, has died, his manager Omenka Uzoma Day confirmed on Tuesday.

Majek, who toured the world with the sound of African reggae with hits such as the ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ and ‘Send Down the Rain’, died in New York,  Uzoma, who has served as his manager and publicist for about seven years, said.

“The legend has gone to meet with the Lord,” Mr Uzoma said in a video uploaded by HipTV. “We should all celebrate him — his achievement.”

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

Fashek, also nicknamed the Rainmaker, is best known for his award-winning single ‘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.

In the early 2000s, Majek, featured in some local film productions in Nigeria, including ‘Mark of the Beast’.

In November 2019, he was hospitalised at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, London before he moved to the United States in January 2020 to be with his family.

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

 

 

 

Yetunde Adegoke

 

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