By Sampson Unamka
Legendary Nigerian singer, songwriter and guitarist, Majekodunmi Fasheke popularly typically generally known as Majek Fashek, has died.
In step with research, the “Ship Down the Rain” crooner, aged 57 died in a hospital in New York on Monday June 1. Our sources are however to confirm the rationale for his dying.
He was born in Benin Metropolis to an Edo mother and a Ijesha father, nevertheless identifies collectively along with his Benin roots.
Throughout the early eighties Fashek, who on the time passed by the stage establish Rajesh Kanal, joined the group Jastix with McRoy Gregg, and Drummer Black ‘Rice. That they had been best typically generally known as the in-house band on the current Music Panorama on NTA Benin, and toured with fellow reggae group The Mandators.
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In 1988, shortly after Jastix disbanded Fashek, who now used the establish Majek Fashek, signed with Tabansi Info and began a solo career by releasing the album Prisoner of Conscience and quickly turned Nigeria’s excessive reggae artist after the music “Ship Down The Rain” turned the popular music of the 12 months, and in 1989 he gained six PMAN awards for “Tune of the 12 months”, “Album of the 12 months”, and “Reggae Artist of the 12 months” amongst others.
Fashek was married to Rita Fashek who impressed the music “With out You”; the couple had four youngsters collectively, nevertheless have since divorced. In 2015, it was revealed that Fashek was bankrupt and battling drug behavior. After admitting that he needed help, he was admitted proper right into a drug rehabilitation centre in Abuja, nevertheless has since recovered, and returned to music.
Aside from his wrestle with drug behavior, completely different effectively being circumstances required his hospitalization on quite a lot of occasions. He was rumored ineffective in September 2019 nevertheless his supervisor quelled the rumors, confirming that Majek had definitely been critically ill, hospitalized on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, England, and in dire need of financial assist
The ‘rain maker’ as he his fondly generally known as has has labored with quite a few artists worldwide along with Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, and Beyoncé.
Majek’s life and work are nonetheless prominently celebrated by Nigerian music followers and previous. His legacy of excellence in music and worldwide have an effect on by the use of instrumentation will dwell imminently.