Majek Fashek was one of the most talented reggae artists in Africa and his fame went worldwide at the zenith of his musical career /Photo: SR

Nigerian reggae legend Majek Fashek is dead

Nigerian reggae singer Majek Fashek has died aged 71.

His manager, Omenka Uzoma Day, confirmed the news on Monday via a short video on Instagram, saying the “the legend has gone to be with the Lord, but this time we should all celebrate him”.

The reggae singer and guitarist, whose real name is Majekodunmi Fasheke, was born in Benin City on 6 February 1949 to a Yoruba father and an Edo mother.

The legendary singer had been seriously sick since last year. He had to be flown to the UK last September where he was hospitalised at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in London. Video clips of him in his hospital bed went viral, showing his pathetic situation, and drawing support for his treatment from his fans.

Majek, who was popularly known as the rain maker, had been having tough times for many years.

Majek Fashek in a video he posted on 2 May 2020 to send a message of hope to his fans on the COVID-19 pandemic/Photo: Screenshot

In 2005, Majek went bankrupt having suffered drug addiction for a long period of time. But, after he admitted he needed help at the time, he was treated at a drug rehabilitation centre in Abuja.

Majek’s death is a blow to Nigerian entertainment as he was one of Nigeria’s surviving reggae music legends. He attracted international attention in 1987, when he sang a self-penned song, titled ‘Send Down The Rain’, which became a global hit.

In 1988, Majek released an album titled “Prisoner of Conscience” which include the song “Send Down The Rain” which became the most popular song of the year, and Majek too, became Nigeria’s top reggae artist.

In 1989, Majek Fashek won six PMAN (Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria) awards which included “Song of the Year”, “Album of the Year” and “Reggae Artist of the Year”.

Majek worked with various artists worldwide, including Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, and Beyoncé.

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