Nigerians on woke up on Tuesday morning to the sad news of the death of reggae music icon Majekodunmi Fashaeke popularly known by many as Majek Fashek.
Fashek, known for his hit song ‘send down the rain’ in the 90s reportedly died in New York on Monday. Nigerians have taken to social media to mourn his death.
Majek Fashek is best known for the 1988 album Prisoner of Conscience, which included the multiple award-winning single “Send Down the Rain”. Before his death, he worked with various artists worldwide, including Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg and Beyoncé.
Popular Nigerian reggae singer and guitarist, Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly known as Majek Fashek is dead. He was aged 58.
His death was confirmed by his manager Omenka Uzoma, in a post on Instagram.
“It is true that the African legendary icon has gone to be with the Lord his maker,” Omenka said.
“I would say we should celebrate his achievements, he has done a lot for Nigeria and for Nigeria. Whatever the family decides, I will get to you. This is all I have to say for now.”
Majek Fashek was best known for his 1988 album, ‘Prisoner of Conscience’, which contained his hit song ‘Send Down The Rain’.
He was popularly called the ‘Rainmaker’ due to that song. Fashek fell I’ll in 2019, and was flown abroad for treatment. Fashek then told the press:
“Yes, it is true that we’re here in Queen Elizabeth hospital in England. Majek is very sick but he’s not dead. The thing is that let’s not wish him dead, for people that speak fake news. Let’s pray for him to survive it,” his manager said at the time.
“We only need financial support, as I said. I’ve run out of money. Since I came to England, I’ve been doing this alone for the past three years”
In a 2017 interview, the late singer denied drug use saying God gives him the inspiration to make good songs and thereby it remains alive.
“My music cannot fade out because I believe in Jesus Christ,” he said at the time.
He had other hit songs including ‘So Long Too Long’.
Reliable sources confirmed that the legendary Reggae star who died in New York after battling cancer for almost a year.
His manager also confirmed the singer died in New York, not in London. Explaining this, Uzoma noted that the singer was advised by his doctors to move closer to his family, prompting the move to New York where his wife and three sons live.
“We moved him from London to New York last September on the advice of the doctors that he should stay close to the family. Majek reunited with his family last year after 10 years of separation. He died in their company, ” Uzoma said.
Majek, who was born on March 7, 1963. May his Soul Rest in Peace.