Fasheke, aka Majek Fashek, has had a colourful career that was
interrupted by drug abuse. Also known as The Rainmaker, he tells TOFARATI IGE about his future plans.
again. I believe in Jesus Christ and you will see that in my new music.
When one is born again, it means old things have passed away. I’m not
interested in women, drugs, alcohol and other things like that. I’m only
going to be concentrating on making good music for my fans.
star in America. To make good music, it has to be timeless. I do not
fit into any particular genre of music and it is God that gave me that
gift. The music industry now is populated by young boys and I’m happy
in the whole Africa of all time to have broken into the American market.
If you go to San Francisco, you will see my name written boldly in
their hall of fame. I was on the David Letterman Show and that is one of
the biggest platforms in America that has played host to great people
like Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, among others. In America, they have a
structure of classifying stars from superstar to megastar and legend. I
am classified as a legend with people like Bob Marley, Whitney Houston,
among others. I am not a social media musician. In 1987, there was only
one TV station in Nigeria but my music was able to blow over to the US.
It is not like these days when you can just record a video on social
media, and people will see it all over the world immediately. In those
days, Lucky Dube would open shows for me. I also went on an American
tour with great musicians like Jimmy Cliff, among others. I was featured
in New York Times and other A-list media; and all these information are
on the Internet for you to confirm. Till date, no other African
musician has been able to do that. One of my songs, I am not Afraid,
has been sampled by over 200 American musicians including Bono. I used
to be very good friends with Michael Jackson and that is why I named my
last child, Michael.
politician but a musician. But this time, I will be paying special
attention to young children. My forthcoming album is titled Weep not Children.
Our leaders have destroyed the younger generation and it seems like we
don’t even know where we are going. But in my meditation and
spiritualism, God gave me a message to sing for the children. The album
is absolutely dedicated to the children of Nigeria and Africa. There are
a lot of children on the road who have nothing to do because they are
not educated and equipped. Their parents did not take care of them and
the government does not fulfill its responsibilities towards them. In
England and other developed countries, the people have access to free
healthcare. They also have free education, and the government provides
buses that would take them right from their homes and bring them back.
The sad thing is that many of our leaders were beneficiaries of free
education. In those days, there were missionary schools but nowadays
even the schools built by religious institutions are so expensive that
average people cannot afford their fees. As a prisoner of conscience, I
plan to come back to Nigeria and mobilise the children of the future.
These Boko Haram terrorists were once children. It was what was
instilled in them that made them turn out this way. Ten per cent of the
proceeds of the album will go to the children of Africa. Our shows would
also be held at lots of different venues that would be accessible to
people, not just in Victoria Island or the high-end areas. Nowadays,
people hold concerts and charge N5, 000 for the cheapest regular tickets
and millions of Naira for tables. Meanwhile, that is the two weeks’
wages of many Nigerians. How is the common man supposed to attend those
types of shows? It is only for the elite. It is not bad to charge as
much as you want for a classy event, but there should also be
considerations for low-income earners. Back in the days, we had
affordable events like Lekki Sun Splash, which people from all walks of
life could conveniently attend. For our shows, we would be going to
places like Ladipo Market, Oshodi, and National Stadium, Surulere. A lot
of the people in those places spend most of their time working and they
do not have the luxury of attending events to let off steam. We have
plans to organise free shows for such people. We would also visit
prisons, motherless babies’ homes, among others.
album, it would be all about Majek. For now, we would put a hold on
featuring other artistes. Immediately after this album is released, I
have plans of going back into production, and I would be working with
other artistes. We would also be signing on new artistes to our label.
We are taking things a step at a time.
N50m to make. We had to go to the studio every day with full instruments
and band. We had to pay the musicians that worked with us per hour
because it is a real production and not what is common these days. All
the instruments were played live and it wasn’t a case of computer
mixing. It went through a lot of process and we worked in about five
different studios. Right now, the album is ready and it contains eight
songs. It was supposed to be nine songs but one of the songs, We Are Not Afraid, is being used to raise funds to take care of some charity homes and for the fight against terrorism.
how the album was funded. It is a business venture and there were also
some people who supported.
with Timi personally and I don’t want to go into that anymore. I don’t
want to stop young people from growing. He is a nice boy who is still
growing and I have decided to leave him alone. Personally, I like him. I
think he is a God-fearing person but he was played and duped by some
people. Timi even told us that he paid those guys extra and I was not
aware of all the transactions. However, it’s important for Timi and
other artistes to learn the lesson that they have to go through proper
channels when they want to do things like this.
this morning and he is doing very well in America. My second son,
Destiny, is also doing well. My last born is still a teenager and he is
doing very well in school. My first son is married to a Japanese lady
while the second is married to a Spaniard and they’re all doing great
with children. I’m a proud grandfather.
important thing is that I’m doing great now. I don’t feel comfortable
talking about my family though. I speak with my children every day and
that should tell you I have a good
relationship with them.
saying it that my problem was never about drugs though I smoked
marijuana back in the days. Anybody can also drink and be tipsy; it is
not a crime anywhere in the world. My problem was more spiritual. My
problem started when I first returned to Nigeria from America. I came
into the country with lots of money and equipment then and I started
usually go round looking for good locations. I start my days with
devotions in the morning and I also work out at the gym.