Majek Fashek Nigerian Reggae Music:- The performer, popular for hits such as Send Down the Rain and So Long for Too Long, died in his sleep in New York, his manager Omenka Uzoma told the BBC.
Majek Fashek Nigerian Reggae Music icon is a songwriter and guitarist best known for the 1988 album ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ , which included the multiple award-winning single “Send Down the Rain”.
Also known as ‘The Rainmaker’, he has worked with various artists including Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, and Beyoncé.
The musician, whose real name was Majekodunmi Fasheke, also worked with stars like Jimmy Cliff, Tracy Chapman and Snoop Dogg.
“He’s done a lot for Nigeria and Africa,” his manager said.
Majek Fashek had been ill for some time but the cause of his death is not clear.
He was drawn to reggae in the 1980s at a point when highlife and juju were more dominant in Nigeria.
The artist said Bob Marley was a major influence as a consequence his musical style and looks mirrored the Jamaican legend.
His 1991 release So Long for Too Long, which carried a strong political and pan-African message gained Majek Fashek acclaim across Africa.
The song was a call for Africans to rise up, both in the continent and those in the diaspora.
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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, Let celebrate him ,his achievements and his family,what ever decisions made by his immediate family will be notify. From his Manager:OMENKA Uzoma Day.
Arise from your sleep Africa
Arise from your sleep America
There’s work to be done Africa
He also had a message for black people in the US:
Remember, remember, Marcus Garvey
Who had a dream for you Africa
Remember, remember, Martin Luther King
Who had a dream for you America
In 1992, he wrote the song Free Africa, Free Mandela, calling for the release of the leader of the African National Congress in South Africa, Nelson Mandela.
That same year, as a sign of his international reach, he appeared on the high-profile David Letterman chat show on US television, where he sang So Long for Too Long.
In the mid 2000s there were reports that the musician was struggling with his health.
Pictures of an emaciated Majek Fashek shocked Nigerians who were concerned about the star.
In 2015, he spent some time in a drug rehabilitation centre in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.