-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Albert OGRAKA:
The early hours annual, ritual rainfall of June 1 may have unknowingly announced his passage to greater glory. It heralded a sad news.
Majekodunmi Fasheke, known by his stage name Majek Fashek or the rainmaker as fans like to refer to him, died in the early hours of Tuesday, June 2nd 2020.
The ‘So Long, Send Down the Rain’ crooner was a legendary reggae artiste who was born in Benin City to an Edo mother and an Ijesha father.
Fashek who is best known for the massive 1988 single ‘Send Down the Rain’ has been plagued by a mysterious illness in recent years.
Majek’s musical style was influenced by the very best including the late Bob Marley, Fela Kuti and rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix.
His longtime manager Umenka Uzoma Day announced the death on his Instagram page on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
“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, Day said.
“Let celebrate him, his achievements, and his family, whatever decisions made by his immediate family will be notified.”
Majek started his career in the early 80s with the group Jastix, Majek went solo and released his debut single Prisoner of Conscience in 1988.
The album was released to massive success and had the popular record ‘Send Down the Rain’.
Several successes followed until heavy drug and bankruptcy affected his career.
Although he made several comebacks, Majek never remained the same again.
Nollywood actress Lala Akindoju has reacted to Fashek’s passing among others. See the reactions:
Kemi Lala Akindoju ✔@lalaakindoju
I spent a huge part of Saturday mornings as a child dancing and singing to Majek Fashek’s albums played by my dad….records from his turntable. Such beautiful memories…Rest In Power Majek Fashek. No wonder it’s raining…#RainMaker
See Kemi Lala Akindoju’s other Tweets:
The message in this song…stil so apt! Rest in Power Majek Fashek. Thank you for the music, thank you for the memories #RainMaker https://twitter.com/aimthamachine_/status/1267692026423803904 …