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Reggae legend, Majek Fashek dies at 57



EVERY new month or year is welcomed with hopes and positive expectations, that was not the case of  the Nigeria music industry this June as they mourn the death of one of its legendary artistes, Majekodumi Fasheke, aka Majek Fashek, who died in the early hours of today.

  The legendary reggae artist fondly called, ‘the Rainmaker’ died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in England after battling cancer.

  Confirming the news, his manager, Uzoma Omenka posted on his Instagram page this morning that the ‘Send down the Rain’ crooner is dead.

  Majek Fashek during his lifetime was married to Rita Fashek who inspired the song, “Without You”; the couple had four children together.

  Born to an Edo mother and a Yoruba father in Benin and popularly known by his stage name as Majek Fashek, he left his trail on the sands of time as a renowned Nigerian singer-songwriter and guitarist.

  He  was among the light bearers in Nigerian music in late 80’s and early 90’s that had the likes of Edna Evi Ogoli, whose music “ I Wish You Happy Birthday,” is popularly used for birthday parties even as today, Lucky Dube, Ras Kimono and others.

  The legend hit limelight after the release of his 1988 album, Prisoner of Conscience with several hit tracks which included the multiple award-winning single, “Send Down The Rain.” The number won him just another name beside his famous stage name.

  The lyrics of the song read;

“The sky look misty and cloudy

Looks like rain’s gonna fall today

This morning I have been soaked in mercy

Waiting for the rain to drop the water Lord


I’m a hungry man

And I don’t wanna be angry

Send down the rain

Water up my seed ye…

Send down the rain

Send down the rain…..

  “Send down the Rain,” was touted to have forced rain storm that ended one of the worst draughts in Nigeria’s history, thereby, earning him the sobriquet, ‘Prophet’. At that time, it sold more than 200,000 copies in the country.

From then, the reggae icon went on to become one of Africa’s greatest reggae-influenced performers.

  Deep listening to ‘Send Down the Rain’ track reveals moral messages and value education as typified in the following lines;

“Whatever a man sows in this world

They must surely reap

Coz I’m a living man

Got a lot of work to do

Send down the rain

Papa Papa papayo,

Send down the rain…..

   Other numbers that met popular demands include, Promised Land, So Long, I’m Not Tired, Love and Affection, Kpangolo, Hotel California amongst others.

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