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Majek Fashek
Last update 20-02-2010
Majek Fashek (Born: Majekodunmi Fasheke) attracted international attention in 1987, when his self-penned tune "Send Down The Rain" seemed to coax a rain storm that ended one of the worst draughts in
Nigeria's history. Labled a "Prophet", Fashek went on to become one of Africa's greatest reggae-influenced performers. His debut solo album, Prisoners of Conscience, released in 1988 sold more than 200,000 copies in Nigeria alone.Born in Benin City, once the center of ancient Sini Kingdom, Fashek inherited his love of music from his mother, an Edo woman who raised him following the death of his father when he was eleven years old. A businesswoman, who supplied concrete to road contractors, she inspired him through her participation in traditional religous ceremonies where the Olokun rhythms were used to accompany worship of the river goddess. As a youngster Fashek played the maracas during the ceremonies. While he developed an early interest in the music of Jamaica, Fashek was equally drawn to the music of Indian cinema. Majek learned to play guitar while in secondary school.After graduating from the New Era College's Arts Program, Majek Fashek formed his band Jah Stix. Jah Stix toured extensively - playing at University's Lagos Nightclubs and Prisons. The band performed with great success.

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