The Rainmaker has been blessing Nigerians, Africans and the world at large with good music since early 80s, when he went by the stage name Rajesh Kanal.
Born Majekodunmi Fasheke (March 1963) was a singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was best known for the 1988 album Prisoner of Conscience, which included the multiple award-winning single Send Down the Rain. He had worked with various artists worldwide including Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, and Beyoncé.
He joined the group Jastix with musicians McRoy Gregg and Black Rice back then and the trio gained popularity as the in-house band on the NTA Benin show Music Panorama, and toured with fellow reggae group The Mandators. Jastix were also session musicians for up and coming reggae singer Edi Rasta, who would later be known as Evi-Edna Ogholi. Shortly after Jastix disbanded in 1988, the legend, who now used the name Majek Fashek, signed with Tabansi Records and began a solo career by releasing the album Prisoner of Conscience and quickly became Nigeria’s top reggae artist after the song Send Down The Rain. Send Down The Rain earned him the nickname Rainmaker and got him so many awards, including the six PMAN awards in 1989 for Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Reggae Artist of the Year, the most popular song of the year among others.
Known for several songs, Fashek is considered one of Nigeria’s most iconic stars and has even been likened to Reggae legend Bob Marley.
His struggle with drug addiction and other health conditions which required his hospitalisation on several occasions, however, were some of the factors that contributed to the downslide of his career, coupled with the fact that there is no champion forever.
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He was rumored dead in September 2019 but his manager came out to speak, confirming he was critically ill, flown abroad and hospitalized at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich in the UK, but is not dead. He then solicited for help, saying he is in dire need of financial assistance. The nature of his illness, was, however, not disclosed and since then, the reggae star has been battling an undisclosed illness till his death.
He was hopefully recuperating until news broke that he died in his sleep on the 1st of June 2020 in New York City, and it was revealed that he was battling esophageal cancer.
To celebrate him, as expected and as his manager said, here are 5 songs The Rainmaker blessed the world with before his passing away.
Send Down The Rain
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