The music industry is characterized by different genres of music- fuji, juju, apala, dadakuada, hip-top, gospel, shakara, and reggae.
All these genres of music in Nigeria have who could be called progenitors.
Fuji history is incomplete without Ayinde Barrister, and Kolington Ayinla; while King Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey are synonymous to juju, also other genres.
Reggae music and it’s history in Nigeria will not be complete without mentioning pacesetters and legends whose efforts cannot be undermined.
The searchlight will be beamed on one of the iconic figures known as Majekodunmi Fasheke also known as Majek Fashek.
The singer, songwriter and guitarist was born in Benin city. He is best known for the 1988 album “send down the rain” which saw him winning several awards and his songs remain evergreen.
Majek was married to Rita Fasheke who was the inspiration behind the song “without you,” the couple had four kids but have since been divorced.
After the death of Jamaican reggae start Robert Nesta Marley aka Bob Marley on May 11, 1981, Majek Fashek, whom he resembles vocally, was tipped to be the next African reggae phenomenon.
But in his music sojourn, he had issue with drug addiction which made him leave the industry for a while but came back with songs like “little patience” and a couple of other songs.
Again in 2015, it was revealed that he’s admitted in a rehabilitation center in the Federal capital Territory, Abuja, due to drug addiction.
Recently he had a collaboration with legendary and award winning mega star Innocent Ujah Idibia aka Tuface and a remix of his song ” Holy spirit” was well recorded and promoted.
The Rainmaker has also worked with various artistes worldwide including Tracy Chapman Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, and Beyoncé.
Since his musical resurrection, Majek Fashek has participated in a few humanitarian activities.
In December 2016 Fashek contributed the song “We Are Not Afraid” to a video featuring 200 celebrities to raise funds for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Human Rights Watch (HRW).