Majek Fashek is dead. He was announced dead this morning — one of the latest tragedies of 2020. Full name, Majekodunmi Fasheke, Majek Fashek was a Nigerian singer-songwriter and guitarist.
According to the news, Majek Fashek died in his sleep. His death was confirmed by his manager, Omenka Uzoma, on the late singer’s official Instagram handle.
Since his death was announced this morning, Nigerians and fans around the world have written tributes and expressed their sadness at the news. Here are a few things we’ll never forget about him.
We’ll never forget the wonderful music he gave us, especially “Send Down Rain”.
Everyone old enough knows just how much nostalgia Majek Fashek’s music ignites:
If you ever wondered why exactly Majek Fashek was known as “The rainmaker”, here’s why:
According to myths/rumours after his song “Send Down The Rain” was released, a two-year drought in Northern Nigeria ended.
We can never forget his swag of course:
Majek Fashek On Late Night With David Letterman:
We didn’t know this (touching) fun fact about Majek Fashek:
He didn’t know his birth date, so he chose Bob Marley’s birthday. February 6.
Majek Fashek in Spin Magazine
Majek Fashek on Rubbin’ Minds show talking about the social justice of his music as compared to dance music:
Rasta music is music for the ghetto, for the poor. How can you be dancing when there’s no food?– Majek Fashek
Importantly, we’ll never forget how he spoke for truth and freedom with his music.
He called for the freedom of Mandela through his song “Free Africa, Free Mandela”.
Majek Fashek might be dead, but his memories, music and legacy live on. If you’re feeling blue, read this article on all the wonderful old school musicians we need to appreciate.
Leave a comment on your favourite Majek Fashek song!