Legendary Nigerian reggae singer Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly known as Majek Fashek, has died at the age of 57.
Majek finally succumbed to death following a long battle with a terrible illness that has laid him off for years.
The sad news of his passing on was announced by his longtime manager Umenka Uzoma Day via his Instagram page on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
Uzoma in a video message said that Majek “has gone to be with his maker.” He also called on Nigerians to celebrate his achievements rather than mourn him.
He said: “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.”
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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.
Majek contributed greatly to the Nigerian music Industry during its early years. He is best remembered for the 1988 album ‘Prisoner of Conscience’, which included the multiple award-winning single ‘Send Down the Rain’ – a song that earned him the nickname ‘The Rainmaker.’
Here’s how celebrities and common Nigerians are celebrating him on Twitter:
As you find sudden love for Majek Fashek & play his songs on air now that he is dead, remember to play songs of some other older artists while they are still alive 😑#RIPMajekFashek
— RUGGEDMAN (@RuggedyBaba) June 2, 2020
My first memory of Majek was my parents coming back from Lekki Sunsplash in ‘89 with the Prisoner of Concience and I & I Experience vinyls. Great music from A true legend 🙏🏾 RIP Majek Fashek pic.twitter.com/VfbbJFgjOz
— Dr SID (@IamDrSID) June 2, 2020
At last he rests:
He escapes the life that held him captive.
He escapes a world where talented people are milked till nothing is left;
Where no vice can touch him
But we won't forget you
As younger people, your music moved our feet & gladdened our souls.
Sleep Well, Majek Fashek pic.twitter.com/RlBq6hEISm
— Lauretta Onochie (@Laurestar) June 2, 2020
Send down the rain 🌧 RIP Majek Fashek 🙏❤️ pic.twitter.com/fG2UlcfnLT
— Okiki (@djkaywise) June 2, 2020
Rest In Peace to the legend Majek Fashek and thanks to him for the great childhood music memories!!!
— Ebuka Obi-Uchendu (@Ebuka) June 2, 2020
The rain keeps pouring down just as the news of Majek Fashek breaks in. Rest in Peace to the Rainmaker. pic.twitter.com/uuf835ho92
— FiReFlY 🔥🐝 (@getKennethed22) June 2, 2020
Musician Majek Fashek, one of Africa's greatest Reggae Artists has passed on.
He was the 1st African Artist to be signed to Interscope Records in 1990 ($20mil deal).He performed on the Late Nite Show With David Letterman in 1992.
Bob Marley's wife, Rita once gifted him $100,000 pic.twitter.com/SP0PnjtE4Q
— Josey Mahachie🇿🇼 🇩🇪 (@MahachieJosey) June 2, 2020
Majek Fashek. “ The Rainmaker “
One of the best Artistes ever listened too, he sang a Hit “ Send down the Rain “ and it hasn’t stopped raining since 2am after he passed.
RIP King, Your followers will never forget you. ❤️🙏
— Somto 🚨 🇳🇬 (@SomtoSocial) June 2, 2020
During his life Majekodunmi Fasheke, a Nigerian raggae legend, Also known as Majek Fashek, sang protest songs, actively spoke against police brutality, was the voice of the voiceless and downtrodden, promoted ethnic nd religious harmony
RIP Majek Fashek💔 pic.twitter.com/VphlsL8bN9
— KACHI 🍜 (@Chef_Kachi) June 2, 2020
You can imagine how saddened I am to hear that my childhood music hero has gone.
Majek Fashek really did send down the rain pic.twitter.com/r5dlKoZSTu
— Uncle Majek Fashek (@ij_kush) June 2, 2020
Fly high with the angels. Majek Fashek. LEGEND 🦅 🦅 pic.twitter.com/bwQiv2rqIV
— Only Wizkid (@OnlyWizkid) June 2, 2020
R.I.P my big brother, Mr. Majekodunmi Fasheke (aka Majek Fashek), the ‘Rain Maker’ and extraordinarily gifted musician. They don’t make them like you anymore. Your remake of the song Hotel California remains one of my favorites and, of course, the ever green, Send Down the Rain! https://t.co/pBp8oT8Bbv
— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) June 2, 2020
1991: So long
🎙: Majek Fashek
Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly known as Majek Fashek (Ma-je-ko-dun-mi Ifa-kii-she-eke), best known in Nigeria for the 1988 album Prisoner of Conscience, which included the multiple award-winning single "Send Down the Rain". pic.twitter.com/I307SE7G77
— Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina) June 2, 2020
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