Majek Fashek, What you probably didn’t know about the Rainmaker

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There are some certain things beyond the circle of normalcy the average school mind won’t understand: the mystery of ‘The Rainmaker’ is one of them.

Majek Fashek on stage
Majek Fashek is one of those selected few, living ahead of their time.

There are some certain things beyond the circle of normalcy the average school mind won’t understand: the mystery of ‘The Rainmaker’ is one of them.

Performing to a thirsty crowd at a time when drought thought it fit to visit some part of Nigeria, Majek Fashek saw that his audience were yearning for at least, a few drops of water.

And although their yearning was true, not one of them imagined the possibility of a rain.

However, upon observation, Majek Fashek started with the following lyrics as he performed ‘Send Down the Rain:’

“The sky looks misty and cloudy, it looks like the rain’s gonna fall today…”

And just like the fulfilled declaration of Prophet Elijah, clouds assembled; thunder cracked and rain watered the barren ground.

Born Majekodunmi Fasheke in the ancient city of Benin to an Edo mother and a Yoruba father, but identifies with his Benin roots, Majek Fashek was called into music during the early stage of his life.

As a chorister in the Church of the Lord (Aladura) on Forest road in Benin city, he learned how to play the trumpet and guitar, while composing songs for the choir.

With time, he became a member of a group known as the Jahstix alongside McRoy Gregg, and lead singer– Black Rice. But at that time he went by the stage name Rajesh Kanal.

It was from here Majek Fashek went on to become one of the world’s greatest reggae performer after selling more than 200,000 copies of his solo album, ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ in Nigeria alone.

During his glory days, Majek Fashek was not only seen as a miracle worker but just as his  name Faheke (Ifa-kii-she-eke) implies, he was also perceived as a high priest who does not lie.

And as one writer puts it: “Whether playing maracas and congas as a child at religious events or singing and playing guitar as a reggae superstar, Majek has always been “on a mission to deliver God’s message through his music.”

This fact cannot be argued in anyway whatsoever as the truthfulness of his lyrics speaks for themselves.

And talking about lyrics, there are not many musicians in the world (whether dead or alive) whose music can be compared to that of the Rainmaker.

As a matter of fact, in terms of uniqueness, depth, insight, and clarity, the good songs of Majek Fashek ranks high!

Like his master– Bob Marley– Majek admonishes us in his evergreen hit, ‘Send Down the Rain’ that “whatsoever I & I (you and me) soweth in this world, more of it shall we reap.”

He went on to remind us of that same song that “you don’t expect to sow cassava to reap up cocoyam…”

The depth and reality of those lines are likened to the truism of Christ teachings.

He had said in an interview that, “Me and Jesus Christ, we are one; me I no dey follow Jesus Christ like Christian o, I am following Jesus Christ in a different way and in a different form.”

In his ‘Spirit of Love,’ he declares like a high priest: “Heaven and earth will pass away… Silver and gold will pass away… What is bought and sold will pass away, but the spirit of love will always be the same…”

Here Majek Fashek quoted Christ declaration in Matthew 24:35 with the sweetness of poetic rhythm, and paraphrase Christ ‘word’ with the ‘spirit of love.’

Also in his ‘Jah People,’ the revolutionist in him spoke out gallantly: “Them dey go to space to discover another race… they make nuclear weapons atomic energy to rule Jah world… Oh Jah people, stand and fight for your right…”

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 (Buzz Nigeria)

This was a unique message of awareness. A message for those with eyes to see and ears to hear. A message for those that are ready to fight their way out of the box.

He would not end it there as he went on to say, “It’s a big disgrace in this age of self-realization to see humanity still living like animals…”

The kpangolo Maestro as I love to call him for his genre of music made it clear in his ‘Religion is politics’ that “Religion has caused a lot problem around the world… Jewish man go dey fight Palestine man, Muslim man goes dey fight Christian man, Igbo man goes dey fight Hausa man…”

There need not be an explanation to put validation to this fact. Sound minded people know for sure that religion has caused more problem in this world than any other institution.

While Muslims and Christians seem to have decided not to get it right with each other, the war between David and Goliath has refused to come to an end.

Speaking in an interview with Vanguard in January 2017, The Rainmaker was quick to discredit the news that his health challenge was as result of drugs.

“Let me put the record straight. I never used drugs. I was actually experiencing some spiritual s—t (attack) as at that time. My problem was spiritual and not drugs.

“I went through some spiritual problems and I paid the price for them, that was what happened to me, it wasn’t about drugs. It wasn’t every story that was published about me that was true. Some people are full of scandals, most people don’t want me to bounce back.

“Now, let me tell you this, I started the kind of music young artists are doing now, it’s called “Pangolo” which I was doing when Fela was alive, he was my hero. Now, they are calling it Afrobeat but they are stealing my ideas, “Pangolo” is the sound they are playing not Afrobeat, it is all my idea…”

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(Tori News)

But he wasn’t the first to debunk the news of his addiction. In 2014, an ex-member of his band, Imona Osigwe also discredits the news in an interview with Daily Post:

“Majek’s problem is spiritual. It was not caused by drug addiction. I have worked and lived with him. Apart from the fact that we worked together.

“He is my brother. So I am in the position to know where his problem came from. But we have decided to leave everything in God’s hands. We are praying for divine intervention in his case…”

They were not the only ones praying after all; a good number of us also did, because we know that just like John the Baptist, Majek Fashek is also one of those lone voices that are born to cry in the wilderness.

For their purpose is to bring enlightenment to thoughts and awareness to minds.

Working on his seventh album which he titled “Weep Not Children,” Majek Fashek is set to make a return to the music scene; not with an intention to compete with the present pop stars of this generation, but to deliver the truthful message of life.

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