On Monday, June 1, 2020, news of the demise of legendary music icon, Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly known as Majek Fashek, broke out, and former band mate, Amos McRoy says the late music icon’s hit rock bottom due to spiritualism.
The reggae music icon’s death was announced by his manager Omenka Uzoma via an Instagram post which read that “Majek Fashek has gone to be with the Lord his maker.”
Only few persons however, might have known the late music icon better than his cousin who was also a band friend, Amos Mcoy Osifo, who is now pastor of Seed of Abraham International Christian Centre in Lagos.
In a 2013 interview by Musa Jibril for Home Entertainment Express Paper, Mcroy reportedly revealed that the late music icon indeed went into spiritualism
McRoy and Majek had started their music career together with the same group called Jastix, and remained even close after the Jastix disbanded.
McRoy said, “Prisoner of conscience was released to instant success. Success doesn’t alter a person. It draws out the real you.
“Till tomorrow, Majek is still the very same person in regards to humility, in terms of carriage and the rest of it. His problem: he paid attention to wrong advice. That is where his problem began.
“Majek entered into spiritism at a warp speed- like jumping from kindergarten straight to the university, Without linking bridge. He was not appropriately schooled. So he could not keep the rules.
McRoy also added how Majek was involved with the Guru Maharaji sect.
“Majek totally ‘crossed the line’ after the launch of Prisoneer of COnscience. Those days, we were sharing the same duplex at Anthony Town. I would certainly see the Guru Maharaji people paying visit to him.
“The exact same Master Maharaji we all know, just starting out at the time. The Hare Krishna people additionally came.
“I assumed oh, this guy is popular, that’s why they are coming to him for one favour or the other,’ I really didn’t recognize that it was much deeper than that.”
BEHIND THE SUCCESS OF SEND DOWN THE RAIN
“Someday we were coming from rehearsal, he was driving his Peugeot 505 car. One of our backup singer, Monica Omorodion, stated ‘Bros Amos, why is your record not making waves like Majek’s or The Mandators, or Kimono?
“Majek looked at me in the rear mirror and said, ‘Do not mind Amos. He does not wish to ask me the way I passed to come to be a star. He assumes it is excellent record that makes someone a star.’
“When he said that, I gave him a knock from behind, ‘My friend stop talking there, what are you doing that I am running from doing?
“He switched to Benin language and said, ‘this is not the Majek you grew up with,’ Still I did not understand.”
Amos also revealed some strange mysteries behind the popular song ‘Send Down The Rain,’ which according to him “had a spiritual force behind it.”
“The song ‘Send down the Rain’ had a spiritual force behind it. That was one of the things he informed me in Cote d’Ivoire.
“In Cote d’Ivoire, I asked him certain questions. His reply was: ‘Amos are you that naive? I launched Send Down The Rainfall, anywhere that song was played rain must fall. Even in summer season while we were on United States trip, I played Send Down the Rainfall, and rain dropped. I launched Free Mandela and that nonth Mandela was released. I did fire, the week that record was released was the week th eRodney King incident took place… So are you that ignorant? Don’t you reason?
“He began mentioning spiritual books,” Amos added. “Then he told me ‘You do not understand, I have actually got to the degree of de Laurence.’
“That was when I understood which perspective he was speaking, when he claimed Fela and also Bob Marley are his boys.”
Amos also revealed of their early days in Church and how they engaged in spiritual activities, and would fast for days together with one Friday Omagbon who is currently late.
“From time to time, God revealed things to him which he showed to us. As well as those things occurred as they were disclosed to him.
“If he had not gone into music, he would certainly come to be a priest of God. If you listen to a lot of his songs, like Holy Spirit, or Righteousness Take Control of The Earth, he was basically a gospel singer.
Amos attributed Majek’s problems to ‘breaking the rules’ rather than the drug-related issues he was believed to have had.
“Majek’s issue is not drug-related. He took to alcohol addiction to overcome his real problem. Falling short to keep the rules of whatever he jumped into, he started to hallucinate. He began seeing things.
“For example, if he was in a room, he would certainly inform you ‘leave the door, open up the window.’
“If you inform him the air condition is on, he would certainly claim, ‘Can you not see them spirits; you want to trap the spirits. Man, let the spirits move around freely.’
“He felt he could stop seeing this things by getting drunk.
“The event we went for in Cote d’Ivoire was like Nigeria’s Festac 77. Black artistes from around the world were there for one week at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan. The Marley family came, so was every big reggae artiste.
“I was determined not to let him disgrace himself the way he had actually been doing recently in Nigeria.
We reached our hotel and also after alloting areas, I stayed with him in his suite. As soon as he called room service and ordered for bottle of brandy, I would pick the Intercom and cancel the order. We would certainly start to quarrel.
“For three days, I gave him close marking. He could not consume alcohol. I forced him to eat.
“On the 3rd noght, around 2 a.m while we were enjoying a film in his suit, he took a look at me and shaked his head. He said: ‘Amos I envy you, men.’ I said ‘What do you mean? How can you envy me, you are the star.’ He said: ”You won’t understand. Simply hold on to Christ, the way you are, he would reward you at last.”
“It was in Lagos he mixed up with the wrong group,” Amos continued, “but his case worsened in the United States.
“The Circle he fell under in America complicated his problem, Particularly when he met a promoter called Paul.
“When he was signed on to Interscope Records, they brought in the producer of U2 to work in his album. That man also spiritually influenced him negatively.
“Those two people were very much into spiritism. There is no difference in Spiritism here in Nigeria and also over there in America. The devil is the same everywhere.
“This is the irony: Once Majek comes on stage, the spirit steps aside for him to perform; when he’s done performing, the spirit comes back to begin the torture.”
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