Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed, has described the death of international reggae star, Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly called Majek Fashek, as a huge loss to the entertainment industry, especially coming at a time the industry has taken a hit from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement in Abuja yesterday, the minister said Majek Fashek was the archetypal musician, as he was not just a singer, but also a songwriter and a guitarist. He, therefore, expressed his condolences to the family, friends and fans of the late musician, as well as to the entire Creative Industry, and prayed to God to grant repose to his soul and comfort his family.
Chinedu Chukwuji, Chief Strategy Officer, PurpleBlue Entertainment Solutions Limited, said: “It was a shock to receive the news of the passing on of the legendary Majek Fashek. Majek Fashek was not just a true music icon, he was a prophet in every way; using his music, talent and creativity to preach love, unity and togetherness. Even though the “rainmaker” is no more with us, his classic songs will continue to live on in our minds as he has already immortalised himself in our hearts through his music forever.”
Also, in a statement signed by Ayeni Adekunle, founder of BHM and Nigerian Entertainment Today and organisers of Nigerian Entertainment Conference (NECLive), the group said Majek Fashek “was an extraordinary talent who blessed the world with a unique version of reggae music birthed by the infusion of special African rhythms and sounds that he named Kpangolo.”
“He will forever be remembered not only for sending down the rain, but also for his reign as leading cultural ambassador of Nigerian music, which he proudly introduced to millions of people around the world. While we mourn Majek Fashek’s passing and commiserate with his family on this loss, we continue to celebrate his remarkable life and the evergreen music he left us with.”