Adewale Ayuba, Charlyboy remember Majek Fashek as epitome of love, lyrical wizard

Legendary Fuji Musician, Adewale Ayuba, on Tuesday paid tribute to the late reggae musical icon, Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly known as Majek Fashek who died June 1, aged 57years.
Ayuba described Fashek as an epitome of love during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in  Lagos, while reacting to the Rainmaker’s death.

He said Fashek had left indelible memories in the mind of his fans as he took the reggae music to a higher level while alive.

“Majek Fashek’s death is a great loss to the nation and the world at large, he will be greatly missed.
“He was an epitome of love, considering my personal encounter with him and several projects we have handled together even beyond the shores of this country.
“He was such a kind and loving person who does not hold grudges, I have never sighted him fighting any artiste or being unhappy about any artiste’s success rather he showed love to everyone.
“Fashek should be called love because he is an epitome of love, he wished everyone well and never quarreled with anyone.
“We cannot talk about the growth of the entertainment industry without mentioning Majek Fashek, he is one of the musicians who has taken nation’s culture beyond the shores of the nation,” he said.
Ayuba urged Nigerian artists to emulate Fashek’s virtue of love while they show love to one another.
He said Fashek was a creative musician who never took after the Jamaican kind of reggae music as everyone understood whatever he says in his music.
He, however, called on the Federal Government to immortalise the reggae musical icon along with most of the late legendary musicians like Ayinde Barrister and Victor Olaiya.
According to him, this was neccesssary because the musical legends had contributed meaningfully to the growth of Nigeria’s entertainment industry.


A Lyrical Wizard

Maverick Nigerian showbiz maestro and activist, Charles Oputa, a.k.a Charlyboy, has paid tribute to late Nigerian music legend Majek Fashek, popularly known as ‘The Rainmaker’, describing him as a “ Lyrical Wizard”.

He extolled the late reggae icon in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.

The Nigerian entertainment industry was thrown into mourning on Tuesday when Fashek’s death was announced by his manager, Omenka Uzoma, on his Instagram page, saying the singer died in New York, where he was receiving treatment.

Music lovers, celebrities and fans of Fashek across the world have taken to their social media platforms to mourn and pay tribute to him.

According to Charlyboy, Fashek was a revolutionary musician whose music send messages that addressed social issues that affects society.

The former president of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) said he came in contact with the late artiste over three decades ago and worked together in the early days of their music careers.

“My father came from Lagos to Oguta, my home town, along with Majek Fashek, and he spent one good year with me.

“In fact, he sketched his hit song ‘Send down the Rain’ in my small studio then in the village, where I also learnt a lot from him about music.

“Majek was both handsome and talented as a music artiste, and he was a lyrical wizard because his lyrics were so powerful and revolutionary.

“There were other talented musicians during his era, but the message in his songs are so on point and that is why I so much admired him,” he said.

The ‘Areafada’ noted that although Fashek was no more, his songs will remain timeless because of the inspiration behind the lyrics.

He however prayed that God should grant the family of the departed artiste the strength to forge ahead, as death is an inevitable debt every mortal must pay.

NAN reports that Majek Fashek, born Majekodunmi Fasheke to  a Benin mother and an Ijesha father (Osun State), had a legendary music career that spanned over three decades before his demise at age of 57.

He was best known for his 1988 album ‘Prisoners of Conscience’, which consists of the acclaimed song ‘Send Down the Rain’, a hit that earned him the moniker ‘The Rainmaker”.

Some of the musical hits that defined Fashek’s career include ‘So Long, Too Long’ which was released in1991 with a strong political and pan-African message, and ‘Free Mandela, Free Africa’, his anti-apartheid anthem.

Others are ‘Majek Fashek Ina Newyork’,  a song about his experience the first time he visited New York, which later became his second home; ‘Religion Na Politics’, a hit in his 2012 album, ‘I & I Experience’.

In 2015, Fashek was reported bankrupt and battling drug addiction, and was admitted into a drug rehabilitation centre in Abuja where he recovered and returned to music.

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