10 Interesting Things Worth Knowing About Late Music Legend, Majek Fashek
Nigerian entertainers mourn Majek Fashek
Details have emerged how legendary reggae artiste, Majekodunmi Faskeke, aka Majek Fashek died.
Recall that news of his death filtered in today after he died in a New York hospital following a protracted illness on Monday about 5:45pm.
The news of his death was confirmed by his manager, Uzoma Omenka in a video uploaded on the late singer’s Instagram handle.
“Yes, it is true that the legend has gone to be with the Lord. But this time I want to say we should all celebrate him, his achievements. He has done a lot for Nigeria and for Africa. Whatever the family decides, I will get it to you. This is all I have to say for now.” He said.
Fashek, who battled a mysterious protracted illness had been down since 2019 and was at a time on admission at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich in England.
Here are few things to know about Majek the Rainmaker:
1. Majek Fashek various translations of his name Fasheke (Ifa-Kii-she-eke) include “high priest who does not lie”, “powers of miracles” and “(system or medium of) divination does not lie”.
2. After Majek’s parents separated, Fashek remained in Benin City with his mother and joined the choir in his local Aladura Church and learned to play the trumpet and guitar whilst composing songs for the choir.
3. In the early eighties Fashek, who at the time went by the stage name Rajesh Kanal, joined the group Jastix with McRoy Gregg, and was lead singer for Black Rice. They were best known as the in-house band on the show Music Panorama on NTA Benin City.
4. In 1988, shortly after Jastix disbanded Fashek, he began a solo career by releasing the album Prisoner of Conscience and became Nigeria’s top reggae artist after the song Send Down The Rain became the most popular song of the year.
5. In 1989, he won six PMAN awards, which included Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Reggae Artist of the Year.
6. After leaving Tabansi Records, he was 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.
7. Fashek played a supporting role in the 2000 Nollywood movie Mark of the Beast and starred in a commercial for non-alcoholic beverage Diamant.
8. In 2016, he performed in a comedy show (with more than ten thousand audiences in attendance) in Lagos, Nigeria, with a roundly power-filled and soul-lifting performance.
9. In December 2016 Fashek contributed the song “We Are Not Afraid” to a video featuring 200 celebrities to raise funds for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Human Rights Watch (HRW).
10. During the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians, he was unhappy about the Nigeria-South Africa crisis. He recalled that he did a song Free Mandela and it helped back then.
Nigerian celebs including fellow industry professionals have taken to their social media platforms to mourn the death of the reggae music legend.
Some of the celebrities who took to their social media pages to mourn the star include Chibuzor Azubuike a.k.a phyno, Olanrewaju Fasasi, a.k.a Sound Sultan displayed the reggae artist pictures on their Instagram pages.
Other include Yomi Black, Bimbo Esho, actress Toyin Adegbola and Jude Okoye.
Phyno wrote: “Rest in peace, Legend.”
Sound Sultan had this on his page: “Rest in peace, power Majek.”
Yomi Black wrote:” Rest in peace, Majek Fashek.”
Also, Bimbo Esho, Chief Executive Officer, Evergreen Musical Company, mourned the late reggae maestro as she wrote ” Adieu Majek Fashek. May you journey well. The Rainmaker takes a final bow to the cold hands of death.
Actress Toyin Adegbola said, “Rest in peace, Majek.”
Jude Okoye, Chief Executive Officer of Northside Music, also wrote: “Rest peacefully, my Legend.”
A Twitter user wrote ” REST IN PEACE….MAJEK FASHEK!!! THE GREAT MUSIC LEGEND THANKS FOR “SEND DOWN THE RAIN”
Another one wrote: Majek Fashek. “ The Rainmaker “One of the best Artistes ever listened too, he sang a Hit “ Send down the Rain “ and it hasn’t stopped raining since 2am after he passed. 1RIP King, Your followers will never forget you
Popular actress, Kate Henshaw wrote “the sky looks misty and cloudy looks like the rain’s gonna fall today. Multiple musical notes
“RIP Majek Fashek… I pray you finally rest well. Thank you for the great songs. Thank you for using your talent to bring smiles on our faces.. Sun rè”
Fashek died June 1, at the age of 57, in a hospital in New York.
Fashek was a Nigerian singer, songwriter and guitarist, who was best known for his 1988 album ” Prisoner of Conscience”, which included the multiple award-winning single, “Send Down the Rain”.