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Nigerians React To The Death Of Majek Fashek

Majek Fashek

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Veteran Nigerian music star Majekodunmi Fasheke professionally known as Majek Fashek is dead. Fashek who was best known for his massive 1988 single “Send Down the Rain” has been plagued by a mysterious illness for a while and died in the United States on June 1, 2020.

Majek Fashek started his career in the early 80s with the group Jastix, the star later went solo and released his debut single “Prisoner of Conscience” in 1988 at a time when Reggae fever was sweeping Nigeria. The late 80s to the early 90s was the golden era of Reggae music in Nigeria.

He became the hottest act out of Nigeria in 1988 as “Send Down the Rain” became a huge hit and bestseller.

In 1989 he won six awards at the PMAN Awards including the prestigious Album of the Year and Song of the Year categories.

In 1992, Majek Fashek would make Nigerian history as the first Nigerian singer to appear on a late-night TV show in America, the David Letterman Show, where he sang “So Long, Too Long”.

Asides music, Fashek was involved in other ventures. He played a supporting role in the 2000 Nollywood film “Mark of the Beast” and starred in a commercial for non-alcoholic beverage “Diamalt”.

However, the news of his drug addiction made rounds online and it was revealed Fashek was bankrupt. This did not stop him as he sought help by being admitted to a drug rehabilitation centre in Abuja and upon recovery, he made a music return.

The news of his death has been received with shock from his fans. Many who have taken to their social media to express their thoughts.

To some, he will forever be missed, and to others, he lives on forever. Below are some of the reactions:

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