His style of music resonated with the young and young at heart, laced with Powerful lyrics. Such was the persona of late Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly known as Majek Fashek who died a year ago today. (June 1st, 2020)
Born on March 1963, Fashek was a Nigerian singer-songwriter and guitarist.His 1988 album “Prisoner of Conscience” included the single “Send Down the Rain”, which won won six PMAN Music Awards. Also known as The Rainmaker, he worked with various artists worldwide including Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, and Beyoncé
Fashek’s musical influences include Bob Marley – whom he resembles vocally – Jimi Hendrix, and Fela Kuti. He was one of the original Nigerian artists to be drawn to the music of the Caribbean, specifically reggae, rather than indigenous hybrids such as fuji, jùjú, but has been known to mix these genres into his own style which he calls kpangolo, and the song “My Guitar”, an ode to his favourite instrument, was heavily influenced by rock.
After battling a long drug addiction problem, he passed on, leaving family, friends and fans shattered.
Many have taken to various social media platforms to reminisce about his life and times, as well as his music which they say lives on as most of the things he sang about depict the Nigerian story.