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MAJEKODUNMI FASHEKE, popularly known as MAJEK FASHEK, is a Nigerian reggae singer-songwriter and guitarist . In his homeland he is best known for the 1988 album Prisoner of Conscience which included the single "Send Down the Rain", winning him several awards. Also known as THE RAINMAKER, he has also worked with various artists worldwide including Tracy Chapman
Tracy Chapman
, Jimmy Cliff
Jimmy Cliff
, Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
, Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
, and Beyoncé
Beyoncé
.

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life

* 2 Musical career

* 2.1 Early 80\'s:Jastix * 2.2 1988-1990:Prisoner of Conscience and I&I Experience * 2.3 1991:So Long Too Long and American invation

* 3 Musical style * 4 Other works * 5 Personal life

* 6 Discography

* 6.1 Studio albums

* 7 Notes * 8 External links

EARLY LIFE

Fashek was born in Benin City
Benin City
to an Edo mother and a Yoruba father, but identifies with his Benin roots. Various translations of his name Fasheke (Ifa-kii-she-eke) include "high priest who does not lie", "powers of miracles" and "(system or medium of) divination does not lie" After his parents separated Fashek remained in Benin City
Benin City
with his mother, and soon joined the choir in his local Aladura church and learned to play the trumpet and guitar whilst composing songs for the choir.

MUSICAL CAREER

EARLY 80\'S:JASTIX

In the early eighties Fashek, who at the time went by the stage name Rajesh Kanal, joined the group Jastix with McRoy Gregg, and lead singer Black Rice. They were best known as the in-house band on the show Music Panorama on NTA Benin , and toured with fellow reggae group The Mandators. Jastix were also session musicians for upcoming reggae singer Edi Rasta, who would later be known as Evi-Edna Ogholi .

1988-1990:PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE AND I&I EXPERIENCE

In 1988, shortly after Jastix disbanded Fashek, 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" became the most popular song of the year, and in 1989 he won six PMAN awards which included "Song of the Year", "Album of the Year", and "Reggae Artist of the Year". Fashek's next album was I the couple had four children together, but have since divorced. In 2015, it was revealed that Fashek was bankrupt and battling drug addiction. After admitting that he needed help, he was admitted into a drug rehabilitation centre in Abuja
Abuja
where he is currently recovering. Majek has since recovered and he is back to making music.

DISCOGRAPHY

STUDIO ALBUMS

YEAR TITLE LABEL NOTES

1989 Prisoner of Conscience Mango Records

1991 Spirit of Love