Legendary Nigerian musician Majek Fashek is dead at 57. This was announced by his longtime manager Umenka Uzoma Day in the early hours of today on Instagram.
“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,” Umenka wrote.
“Let celebrate him, his achievements, and his family, whatever decisions made by his immediate family will be notifi ed.”
The Reggae act, born Majekodunmi Fasheke, was a world acclaimed artist whose music spanned eras and spoke the truth of Majek, a much revered figure in Nigerian music.
While details of his death are yet unknown, it’s fitting to extol the man who gave us his best years of spiritually-led music. His first three albums Prisoner of Conscience (1989), Spirit of Love (1991), Rainmaker (1997) catapulted him to national and global fame.
The first of those featured the smash hit “Send Down The Rain,” which made him the number one Reggae act in the country. In the same year he would win six PMAN (Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria) awards, including Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Reggae Artist of the Year, among others.
In 1991, while supporting the release of a new album (Spirit of Love), he would be invited on Late Night With David Letterman, an America television show which was the in-demand medium of its time. There, he performed “So Long,” a racy song which charged both Nigeria and America to action, Majek Fashek singing “they’ve been fooling around for too long,” almost like a prophecy of what’s happening today.
June 16th 1992, an Iconic reggae legend performs the hit single, 'So Long' at the 'Late Night with David Letterman' show.
His name is Majek Fashek (Rest in Peace 💔) pic.twitter.com/SxG305nJdU
— 𝙄𝙣𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙚𝙩𝙚 𝘼𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙪𝙩Ⓜ 👨🏽🚀 ✈ (@AimThaMachine_) June 2, 2020