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Majek Fashek is Dead

By: dayan (M) |Time : June 02, 2020, 03:43:23 PM



By Vanessa Obioha

One of Nigeria’s music icons Majek Fashek is dead. The musician who has for a long while been battling with his health was said to have died in the United States on Monday June 1.

Born Majekodunmi Fasheke, the artiste was renowned for hits such as ‘Send Down the Rain’ and ‘So Long Too Long’. He performed the latter on ‘Late Night with David Letterman’.



Fashek began his music career in the 80s when he was a member of Jastix group. He was known then as Rajesh Kanal. They were best known as the in-house band on the show ‘Music Panorama’ on NTA Benin, and toured with fellow reggae group The Mandators.

Fashek’s fame peaked in 1988 when he released the album ‘Prisoner of Conscience’. It fetched him six PMAN awards including ‘Song of the Year’ for the song ‘Send Down the Rain’.

Unlike musicians of his time who were drawn to indigenous hybrids such as Juju and Fuji, Fashek was recognised as one of the original Nigerian artists to be drawn to the music of the Caribbean, specifically reggae.

Last year, Fashek who struggled with drug addiction was rumoured dead but his manager quelled the rumours by confirming his critical health condition. Billionaire Femi Otedola pledged to cover his medical bills.

Fashek was aged 57.

Source: Thisday

Re: Majek Fashek is Dead

By: dayan (M) |Time : June 02, 2020, 03:53:37 PM
His "Send Down the Rain" song was the most popular of his songs, but not his best song (creatively speaking, IMHO).
To me, "Hey Mr Morning" (in his "Prisoner of Conscience" album) was arguably his best song creatively speaking, because in it, he showed a level of unprecedented confidence (as of his time) in creative song writing.
He took serious risks in song-writing, and did what others dared not to do as at that time.

Today, a lot of Nigerian musicians are swimming in confident creative song writing, but it was not always so before Majek Fashek. Most Nigerian artists "played it safe", but Majek went out on a limb to do his art.

When I listen to today's Nigerian musicians like "Flanour N'abania", for example in his song "Shake",  I see that type of confidence in music making/song writing which involves a lot of risk.

I'm not necessarily a fan of that song "Shake" by Flavour, but I concede to his bravery and confidence in writing it, and give credit to the Majek Fasheks of Nigeria for inspiring such group of musical artists that bring accolades to Nigeria and Africa today.

RIP to the "Rainmaker".

He will be sorely missed!

Re: Majek Fashek is Dead

By: dayan (M) |Time : June 02, 2020, 04:13:44 PM
If you want to listen to "Hey Mr Morning", start from 32:08 in the music video of Prisoner of Conscience attached here:



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