Richie Adewusi, a former publicist to the late Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly known as Majek Fashek, said the late musician was attracted to mysterious things.
Speaking in an interview, Adewusi, represented Fashek for six years, said the late reggae star was fascinated by magic, noting that his former client’s worldview was heavily influenced by his strong background in the white garment church.
The public relations consultant, who edited the Just It magazine in the 1980s, explained that Fashek experienced physical and psychiatric challenges while growing up, adding that such experiences tied him down to the church, where his music career eventually began.
“Majek also was attracted to esoteric things. He was fascinated by magic,” Adewusi told The Nation.
“And if you put into consideration, that, Majek had a strong background in the white garment church, he also had a lot of challenges growing up, even physical and psychiatric challenges. These got him tied to the Aladura (white garment church) environment which was actually where his music started. He started playing (the) percussion within the Aladura church environment where he was being treated. This was before he became a music star.
“So, having survived those challenges, he was grateful to God.”
Adewusi, who helped Fashek in organising his first concert, also revealed that some family members of the late musician’s family attempted to blackmail him by exposing to the public the circumstances of the challenges he faced in life.
He noted that the “Send Down The Rain” crooner, however, had a rebellious spirit, which made him see the world from another perspective.
He said: “Even some of his family members tried to use those challenges to blackmail him when he attained fame. They would say, ‘You want us to talk to the public and tell them you are mad’.
“I witnessed all of these challenges brewing at the backdrop of his success. It was a lot to deal with for an unprepared, unschooled person. He was principled but Majek had a very rebellious spirit. Rebellious in the sense that, he saw things differently from other people. Most of us do anyway but we still learned to live with society.
“Majek didn’t understand what it meant to respect contracts. So that was actually a major challenge in whatever transpired with him going forward.”
Fashek died on 1 June, aged 57, in the United States of America, after battling an unknown illness.