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Tribute to Legendary Majek Fashek “Rainmaker”

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly known as Majek Fashek (Ma-je-ko-dun-mi Ifa-kii-she-eke), a music icon best known in Nigeria for the 1988 album Prisoner of Conscience, which included the multiple award-winning single “Send Down the Rain”.

Majak Fashek died while battling with sickness, his death was confirmed by his manager, Omenka Uzoma on Monday, on the late singer’s official Instagram handle.

Reggae Music Icon, Fashek was 57years, Edo born singer, songwriter and guitarist best known for the 1988 album ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ , which included the multiple award-winning single.

He was the first African Artist to be signed to Interscope Records in 1990 ($20 million deal). He performed on the Late Nite Show With David Letterman in 1992. Bob Marley’s wife, Rita once gifted him $100,000. The singer also played a supporting role in the 2000 Nollywood movie ‘Mark of the Beast’.

Majek Fashek, SPIN Magazine, August 1992, Majek was at the height of his fame with glory. Household name in Nigeria; loved, according to him, by then Military President “(Babangida’s) children.” Hailed on the streets by soldiers.

Also known as ‘The Rainmaker’, he has worked with various artists including Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, and Beyoncé. Majek Fashek was once the Star of his days, selling out venues across Africa and the world long before there was a thing called internet.


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