Nigerian Reggae Legend Majek Fashek Dies At 57

  • The performer, popular for hits such as Send Down the Rain and So Long for Too Long, died in his sleep in New York.
  • Also known as The Rainmaker, he worked with various artists worldwide including Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, and Beyoncé.
  • Majek once said Bob Marley was a major influence as a consequence his musical style and looks mirrored the Jamaican legend.

Nigerian singer-songwriter and guitarist, Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly known as Majek Fashek has died at the age of 57.

Majek Fashek, who became a worldwide sensation after releasing hits singles “Send Down the Rain” and “So Long for Too Long,” died in his sleep in New York.

His manager, Omenka Uzoma Day, confirmed the news of the Legendary singer’s death via a short video on Instagram, saying “the legend has gone to be with the Lord, but this time we should all celebrate him.”

During his lifetime, Majek Fasek worked with stars various artists worldwide including Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, and Beyoncé.

Majek Fasek Biography

Born in Benin City, Majek Fashek was drawn to reggae in the 1980s and was majorly influenced in his musical style and looks by legendary reggae artist Bob Marley.

In 1988, he began his solo career by releasing the album Prisoner of Conscience and immediately became Nigeria’s top reggae artist after the song Send Down The Rain became the most popular song of the year. That same year, he won six PMAN awards, which included Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Reggae Artist of the Year.

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Majek Fasek was later signed to CBS Nigeria in the early 1990s and released “So Long Too Long.” In 1990 he was signed to Interscope Records and released the critically acclaimed album Spirit Of Love, produced by “Little Steven” Van Zandt.

On June 16th 1992, the iconic reggae legend performed the hit single, ‘So Long’ at the ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ show.

Fashek, whose name means “power of miracles, the high priest does not live”, had a very close involvement with the late Nigerian drummer and bandleader Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

He also wrote the song Free Africa, Free Mandela, calling for the release of the leader of the African National Congress in South Africa, Nelson Mandela.

Health Issues

In the mid-2000s, there were reports that the musician was struggling with his health.

Pictures of an emaciated Majek Fashek shocked Nigerians who were concerned about the star.

In 2015, he spent some time in a drug rehabilitation centre in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.

The reggae star’s last video was uploaded on his Instagram handle a month ago.

In it, Majek, who had been having health challenges over the years. mustered strength to add his voice to the ongoing public awareness campaign by Nigerian celebrities on the need to fight the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.

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