Pulse List 8 things you probably didn’t know about Majek Fashek

From his fear of rehab to his substance abuse, the reggae star's career has become a shadow of its once boastful success story.

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Majek Fashek

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A young, healthy Majek

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Majek Fashek has been in the news for several months, from his frayed looks, to his use of drugs, his paranoia for the media and friends attempting to raise funds for him to go to rehab, all have made headlines.

Here’s a list of things you should know about the Nigerian reggae legend whose real name is Majekodunmi Fasheke.

1. The guitarist started his professional music career in a band called Ja’stix. His band mates included Ras Kimono, Amos McRoy, Gregg, Sammy Sammama, Geogre Orwells and Black O'Rice.

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The Ja’stix band.

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2. He was once signed to Columbia Records Nigeria, Island Records' imprint Mango Records and Interscope Records.

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Singer claims the press is blackmailing him

 

3. His award-winning song ‘Send down the rain’ is one of his most popular tracks. The song gained him foreign attention in the 90s.

4. His debut solo album ‘Prisoner of conscience’ (1988) sold over 200,000 copies in Nigeria.

Songs from this album made it to the Jamaican Top 10 chart in the 80s/90s. play

Songs from this album made it to the Jamaican Top 10 chart in the 80s/90s.

5. Majek was one of the first Nigerians to perform on the David Letterman Show. In 1992, he and the Prisoner of Conscience band performed ‘So long’ on the late night show.

6. In 2007, there were reports that Charles Novia was making a film about the singer.

7. Majek's vocals closely resemble that of Bob Marley. On his ‘Prisoner of conscience’ album, he covers Bob Marley's 'Redemption song'.

8. Fashek plans on releasing a new album this year. From the 80s till date, he has released four studio albums.

9. On 5 December, 1990, Jon Pareles of the New York Times wrote in a review about the entertainer: “From an American perspective, he is a charismatic, accomplished performer with a gift for catchy riffs and a promising hybrid style”.

 

The success story of the musician who once toured the world has since changed.

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