- ‘Rain Maker’ died during heavy rain “to meet his maker” – Manager
- His tough battle with drug addiction
Nigeria-born African music legend and reggae king Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly called Majek Fashek, is dead.
He was 57.
His death was confirmed by his manager Omenka Uzoma, on the late singer’s official Instagram handle.
“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,” he said.
“Let celebrate him, his achievements, and his family, whatever decisions made by his immediate family will be notified.”
Majek Fashek popularly called the rain maker after his 1987 self-penned tune, ‘Send down the Rain.’ died in the midst of raining season.
Majek was born in Benin-City, Edo state.
In 2015, it was revealed that Majek was bankrupt and battling drug addiction. After admitting that he needed help at the time, he was admitted into a drug rehabilitation centre in Abuja.
Some of his associates and fans including journalists have been drawing out lessons to be learnt from his life.
While expressing condolences to his family, they wondered how his alleged return to drug made life terribly difficult for him during his later days.
“Let us all monitor our children/siblings well.Drugs destroyed Majek. The rate at which youth take to drugs in this generation is alarming,” a journalist Temitope Hamzat, who covered his activities said.
Majek Fashek, he continued; “was still fine when he came back with ‘Little Little Patience’ 15 years ago with the help of Charles Novia but we didn’t know he’d go back to drugs. So sad.
“I meet him again briefly when he was sick at the (Lagos House of) Assembly when he came to see Mr Speaker, he was almost carried down the stair, ahhhhh I wept for him.”
Another fan, Damilola Oduolowu, said; “I rank him with the late Lucky Dube, another great mind!
“He was a musician! His live performances were electrifying.”
As one of Nigeria’s surviving Reggae music legend, Majek attracted international attention in 1987, with his self-penned tune, ‘Send down the Rain.’
The singer also played a supporting role in the 2000 Nollywood movie ‘Mark of the Beast’.