‘Life’s got its time and season’, Majek Fashek’s Song, ‘Send Down The Rain’ Remembered As The Iconic Singer Goes Home




The Oasis Reporters



June 4, 2020

 

Majek Fashek




Majek Fashek, aged 57, died on Tuesday, June 2, and the news was announced by his long time manager, sombre looking Umenka Uzoma in a video post that was widely viewed in the media.




The iconic song of the celebrated reggae star, ‘Send Down The Rain’ instantly filled the airwaves and a notable Nigcomsat television station, IATV gave the song considerable airplay.


Majek Fashek whose legendary album Prisoner of Conscience with the celebrated track Send Down The Rain died in New York late on Monday.

News of the death swiftly swept across the Atlantic first as rumours until Omenka who has been in touch with him as he received the latest treatment called for celebrations on the passage of the man he dubbed a legend.

Fashek collaborated with some of the best musicians in the world including, Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, and Beyoncé.

He is survived by his son Randy Fashek.

Mabel Fashek was once managed by Segun Sapara. Those who knew about their closeness earlier in the singer’s career still hope to hear from Sapara.


Lyrics of the song, Send Down The Rain- Majek Fashek :



“The sky looks misty and cloudy
Looks like rain’s gonna fall today
This morning I have been soaked in mercy
Waiting for the rain to drop the water Lord
Oh Lord yeah

I’m a hungry man
And I don’t wanna be angry
Send down the rain
To water up my seed
Send down the rain
Send down the rain
Send down the rain
Send down the rain

Everything in Life has got its time and season
So you don’t have to ask me why
You don’t expect to sow cassava
And reap up cocoyam
You don’t expect to sow rice
And reap up cassava
Whatever a man sows in this world
They must surely reap
Coz I’m a living man
Got a lot of work to do
Send down the rain

Papa Papa papayo,
Send down the rain
Mama mama mamayo,
Yaga yaga yagayo, send down the rain

Jah is my song and that’s make me to be so strong
Jah is my song and that’s make me feel so strong
No matter what they say
Even if they say I’m wrong
I’m gonna feel strong
Cos i know I’m gonna live long
Oh Lord…

Coz I’m a living man
Got a lot of work to do
Send down the rain
Papa Papa mamayo,
Yaga yaga yagayo, send down the rain
Mama mama mamayo,
Yaga yaga yagayo, send down the rain

I’m a living man
Got a lot of work to do
Send down the rain
Jah is my song and thats make me to be so strong
Mama mama mamayo,
Yaga yaga yagayo, send down the rain”.



One incredible aspect to the song was that before the release of the album, there was a noticeable drought in northern Nigeria and agricultural production was failing while hunger increased in the region.

Then the song came out, receiving considerable airtime all over the north. It drove sales of the album as practically everyone hummed the tune on the streets of Nigeria. And the heavens opened up with heavy downpours. Suddenly, the drought disappeared.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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