Reggae music icon, Majekodunmi Fasheke, well known as Majek Fashek, has died, according to his manager, Omenka Uzoma.
One of Nigeria’s music icons Majek Fashek is dead. The musician who has for a long while been battling with his health was said to have died in the United States on Monday June 1.
Fashek began his music career in the 80s when he was a member of Jastix group. He was known then as Rajesh Kanal. They were best known as the in-house band on the show ‘Music Panorama’ on NTA Benin, and toured with fellow reggae group The Mandators.
Fashek’s fame peaked in 1988 when he released the album ‘Prisoner of Conscience’. It fetched him six PMAN awards including ‘Song of the Year’ for the song ‘Send Down the Rain’.
Unlike musicians of his time who were drawn to indigenous hybrids such as Juju and Fuji, Fashek was recognised as one of the original Nigerian artists to be drawn to the music of the Caribbean, specifically reggae.
Last year, Fashek who struggled with drug addiction was rumoured dead but his manager quelled the rumours by confirming his critical health condition. Billionaire Femi Otedola pledged to cover his medical bills.
Born Majekodunmi Fasheke, the artiste was renowned for hits such as ‘Send Down the Rain’ and ‘So Long Too Long’. He performed the latter on ‘Late Night with David
In an Instagram post early Tuesday, Uzoma said Majek Fashek “has gone to be with the Lord, his Maker.”
The singer who became popular for hits such as ‘send down the rain’, ‘so long, too long’, and many others died in New York after a protracted battle with cancer.
He had earlier been hospitalised at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in London in November 2019.
Majek Fashek, also nicknamed the Rainmaker, was a Nigerian internationally acclaimed reggae music legend who was signed to American music imprint, Interscope Music.
He was aged 71 and he enjoyed a music career that spanned over three decades.