The news of Majek Fashek, the legendary Nigerian reggae musician’s death was confirmed in an Instagram post by his manager, Omenka Uzoma.
He writes, “It is true that the African legendary icon has gone to be with the Lord his maker.”
He urges his fans not to mourn but celebrate his life and achievements for Nigeria.
Fashek popularly known as ‘The Rainmaker’ ruled the reggae world in the late 1980’s and early 90’s with hits such as, “Send Down the Rain,” “So Long Too Long” and “Jah People” among many others.
He also used his music to create social consciousness on some prevailing issues on the African continent, with songs such as, “Africa Unity” and “Free Africa, Free Mandela,” which was a campaign theme for the release of the late South African political icon and anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela.
Majek subsequently battled years of addiction in the United States, which seriously affected his health, finances and music career.
His attempt to revive his music career, following his return to Nigeria was not successful due partly to persistent bouts of illness.
He was admitted into the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in England last year, after taking ill.
Majek was 57 years old.
Editor: Ifeanyi Mark