Majek Fashek, Dead or Alive?


I bet most young Nigerians are not familiar with the name “Majek Fashek” as they are with Wizkid. The Reggae artiste was one of the few Nigerian musicians who rocked in the early eighties. He started his career in 1989 with his first album “Prisoner of Conscience” while his last album “Little Patience” was released in 2005. The works of Majek Fashek still lives, although his health, psychology, fame and musicality is depreciating by the day.

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Majek Fashek, who recently came out of rehab, was being taken care of by popular Warri-based millionaire, Ayiri Emami. However, the oil baron told Punch that Majek Fashek is no longer under his care since the day he (Majek) returned to Lagos against Emami’s wish. Ayiri was the one who sponsored the “Send down the rain”singer’s rehabilitation in Abuja. According to the rehab doctor’s instruction, Majek Fashek needs to relax and recover fully.

Majek Fashek
Majek Fashek and Ayiri

“They said he should stay off the music scene for some time. I wanted him to stay in Warri and relax. I provided everything that he needed to be comfortable. But he insisted on going back to music almost immediately. He kept insisting and, after a while, I had to let him go. That was it,” said Ayiri.

“He wanted to join my music label, but I said no. I didn’t want other people to think that I did him a favour because I wanted him to sign on to the label. Instead, I told him that I could get him a good manager that would take care of him and his career, get him a car and every other thing. I traveled and by the time I returned one evening, Majek was already in Lagos.” 

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On the other hand, Majek said,

“It is not like that. I am an American-trained musician. When I was in America, I studied music and music business. So I am not in the same level as the average Nigerian musician. I am an international musician. Emami wanted to place me on the same level as Nigerian musicians and to control my music business. So I decided to move.”…. no time na.” 

Majek Fashek

Majek had just reunited with his niece and nephews in Benin on Sunday, 13 March, 2016 after a long time away. He shared the testimony of his deliverance from drugs, also stating that CLAM Senior Pastor, Apostle Wole Oladiyun supported him and came to his rescue.

Also known as The Rainmaker, Majek has worked with various artists worldwide including Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, and Beyoncé. He still has flair for music and performance, but maybe it’s time for him to rest and take a lesson from Papa Wemba’s Death and that of other musicians who died before their time.