SWITZERLAND, JUNE 02 – Nigerian Music legend, Majekodunmi Fasheke, known with the stage name, Majek Fashek has died. He died on his 57th birthday, Today’s Echo gathers.
According to reports, the “Send Down the Rain” crooner, aged 57 died in a hospital in New York on Monday June 1 after undergoing treatment for months.
Making the announcement on Tuesday, his manager, Omenka Uzoma, on Instagram said, “It is true that the African number one legendary icon has gone to be with his maker.
“Let’s celebrate him, his achievement and his family, whatever decision made by his immediate family will be notified.”
Born on June 1st, 1963, Fashek was a Nigerian singer, songwriter and guitarist best known for the 1988 album ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ , which included the multiple award-winning single “Send Down the Rain”.
Also known as ‘The Rainmaker’, he has worked with various artists including Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, and Beyoncé.
Fashek was one of Africa’s greatest Reggae Artists has passed on. 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.
Tributes have been pouring in for the Nigerian Reggae icon.
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki wrote on Tuesday morning:
“I mourn the death of quintessential, maverick musician and Edo son, Majek Fashek. Fashek, who took the world by storm with his enigmatic talent, remains one of the finest cultural icons of his age and would be remembered for his disarming craft and skill.”
Big Brother Naija host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu tweeted, “Rest In Peace to the legend Majek Fashek and thanks to him for the great childhood music memories!!!”
Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo said, ‘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!”
Former Mavin music artiste, Dr Sid wrote, “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.”
See more tributes below: