Nigerian reggae legend, Majek Fashek, who disappeared from the music scene for a long time, has revealed his angst towards Nigerian politicians. He said it is only Nigerian politicians who bury money in coffins.

When quizzed by journalists on what his thoughts are about the state of the nation, he said:” My daughter is a citizen and I thank God for it. It is only in Nigeria that politicians bury money in coffins. Nigerian politicians are assholes, God go punish all of them.”

Fashek was born in Benin City to an Edo mother and a Yoruba father, but identifies with his Benin roots. Various translations of his name Fasheke (Ifa-kii-she-eke) include “high priest who does not lie”, “powers of miracles” and “(system or medium of) divination does not lie”.

After his parents separated Fashek remained in Benin City with his mother, and soon joined the choir in his local Aladura church and learned to play the trumpet and guitar whilst composing songs for the choir.

In the early eighties Fashek, who at the time went by the stage name Rajesh Kanal, joined the group Jastix with McRoy Gregg, and lead singer Black Rice. They were best known as the in-house band on the show Music Panorama on NTA Benin, and toured with fellow reggae group The Mandators. Jastix were also session musicians for upcoming reggae singer Edi Rasta, who would later be known as Evi-Edna Ogholi.

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