The death of popular reggae artiste, Majek Fashek, is a big loss to the creative industry, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has declared.
Majek Fashek died on Monday.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by his media aide, Mr. Segun Adeyemi, Mohammed said Majek Fashek was an archetypal musician who blazed the trail as a song writer and a guitarist.
His words: “He blazed the trail not only for today’s reggae artists but for the entire generation of musicians in the country.
“Makej Fashek will particularly be remembered for his groundbreaking album, ‘Prisoner of Conscience’, which featured timeless songs like ‘Send Down The Rain’, ‘Redemption Song’ and ‘Afrikans Keep Your Culture”
“Long after his demise, Majek Fashek’s voice will continue to echo across space and time, thanks to those iconic songs.”
He added: “One of the best tributes we can pay to Majek Fashek is to do everything we can to ensure the rebound of the industry, to which he gave so much, from its present state, occasioned by the effects of the pandemic.”
Mohammed commiserated with the family of the musician and the creative industry.
He prayed for God to grant repose to his soul and console his family.