At the early hour of today, 2nd June 2020, Nigerians and the world mourns the passing on of a legendary artiste, Majek Fashek.
The artiste’s manager, Omenka Uzoma to his Instagram timeline to confirm the death of the artiste and reassuring his fans and well-wishers of any developments.
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Today been having pressure calls,well it is true that the African No 1 Legendary ICON has gone to be with the LORD his Maker, Let celebrate him ,his achievements and his family,what ever decisions made by his immediate family will be notify. From his Manager:OMENKA Uzoma Day.
Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly known asMajek Fashek, is a Nigerian reggae singer and guitarist. Fashek was born in Benin City, Nigeria to an Edo mother and a Yoruba father.
Fashek first gained national fame on a television show in the early 1980s as a member of Benin-based reggae groupJastix. His bandmates included Ras Kimono and Amos McRoy Gregg. They toured for many years with fellow reggae groupThe Mandators. In 1988, shortly after Jastix disbanded, he began a solo career and quickly became the best-known reggae artist in Nigeria. His song “Send Down The Rain” was a hit, and he won six US-based PMAN Music Awards.
After leaving Tabansi Records, he was signed to CBS Nigeria in the early 1990s before moving to Island Records’ Mango imprint, a label more accustomed to marketing reggae internationally. His first album for the company included a cover version of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song”. In 1990 he was signed to Interscope Records and released the critically acclaimed albumSpirit Of Love, produced by “Little Steven” Van Zandt. Flame Tree releasedThe Best of Majek Fashekin 1994. He has recorded several albums for various labels since, includingRainmakerfor Tuff Gong (1997) andLittle Patiencefor Coral (2004).
Fashek is one of the increasing numbers of African artists to be drawn to the music of the Caribbean, specifically reggae, rather than indigenous hybrids such as fuji, jùjú, or highlife. Having grown up in a fervently religious and musical family, he was exposed to the imported sounds of Bob Marley at an early age, alongside the innovations of local stars such as Fela Kuti.
Nigerians on social media have taken to their timelines (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) to mourn the legend and reminiscence the artiste’s song that reminds them of their childhood.
You can some of Majek Fashek’s songs below