In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 06th, June, 2020

Majek Fashek Dabbled Into Spiritism And It Affected Him Terribly

Majek Fashek Dabbled Into Spiritism And It Affected Him Terribly

Majek Fashek

Majek Fashek

Only some individuals knew the late music icon Majek Fashek higher than his cousin and former band mate Amos McRoy, who’s now a pastor at Seed of Abraham Worldwide Christian Centre.

As cousins, McCoy and Majek began their music careers collectively and have been a part of the group known as Jastix together with Black Rice who was the lead singer. One of many principal gigs of the band was to play at music present ‘Music Panorama’ which aired on NTA Benin – a gig facilitated by Orits Wiliki. When the Jastix disbanded, McRoy and Majek targeted on their solo careers but in addition remained very shut.

In a 2013 interview by Musa Jibril for the defunct Leisure Specific newspaper, McRoy gave an in depth revelation of the mysterious fall of Majek who at the moment had already hit all-time low and the way his journey into Spiritism affected his craft and particular person.

Spiritism

“Many individuals assume Majek’s downside is drug-related. Fact is Majek’s downside is religious. Majek strayed into spiritism. As soon as, whereas on stage, Majek mentioned, ‘Oh, Fela is my boy. Bob Marley is my boy’. “He made that assertion throughout a Rothmans Present at Tafawa Balewa Sq. and Dede Mabiaku, Fela’s protégé, went berserk. It took the intervention of Eddie Lawani to calm him. Dede didn’t fairly perceive what Majek was speaking about. He was taking it from the bodily sense, whereas Majek was speaking religious. “Majek went into spiritism at a lightning pace – like leaping from kindergarten straight to the college. With out a linking bridge, he was not correctly schooled. So he couldn’t preserve the principles. “Majek completely ‘crossed the road’ after the discharge of Prisoner of Conscience. These days, we have been sharing the identical duplex at Anthony Village. I might see the Guru Maharaji individuals come to go to him. The identical Guru Maharaji everyone knows, simply beginning out on the time. The Hare Krishna individuals additionally got here. I assumed ‘oh, this man is standard, that’s why they’re coming to him for one favour or one other’. I didn’t know that it was deeper than that.”

Success of Ship Down the Rain

“Majek launched his album in April 1988. I launched mine a 12 months after. We have been beneath the identical administration. We rehearsed on the identical place, utilizing the identical band as again up. Someday, we have been coming from rehearsal; he was driving his Peugeot 505 automobile. One in all our backup singers, Monica Omorodion (who now lives within the US), mentioned ‘Bros Amos, why is your report not making waves like Majek’s, or The Mandators, or Kimono?’ Majek checked out me within the rear mirror and mentioned, ‘Don’t thoughts Amos. He doesn’t wish to ask me the highway I handed to change into a star. He thinks it’s good report that makes somebody a star’. When he made that assertion, I gave him a knock from behind. ‘My buddy shut up there! What are you doing that I’m not doing?’ I mentioned. He switched to Benin language. ‘This isn’t the Majek you grew up with’, he mentioned. Nonetheless I didn’t perceive. “It took me 10 years to attach the dots. Not till we went to Cote d’Ivoire in 1998 that Majek informed me sure issues, that I grew to become conscious, in hindsight that ‘Okay, that’s what my brother was speaking about again then’. “The music ‘Ship Down The Rain’ had a religious pressure behind it. That was one of many issues he informed me in Cote d’Ivoire. Primarily based on what he informed me, I feel he ‘crossed the road’ earlier than he launched the album. “In Cote d’Ivoire, I requested him sure questions. His reply was: ‘Amos, are you that naive? I launched Ship Down The Rain, all over the place that music was performed, rain should fall. Even in summer time whereas we have been on US tour, I performed Ship Down The Rain and rain fell. I launched Free Mandela and that month Mandela was launched. I did fireplace (Majek Beware) the week that report was launched was the week the Rodney King incident occurred. That music, Hearth o! Hearth o! was performed for nearly two months in all of the TV and radio stations in Los Angeles throughout that Rodney King episode. So, are you that naive? Don’t you cause? “He began mentioning religious books. Then he informed me: ‘You don’t know, I’ve received to the extent of de Lawrence’. That was once I understood from which perspective he was speaking when he mentioned Fela and Bob Marley are his boys.” “Whereas we have been rising up within the church, we have been competing spiritually by fasting. There have been three of us – myself, Majek and Friday Omagbon, who’s now late. If Majek fasted for 3 days, Friday and I might go for seven days dry fasting. That was how we grew up. We have been competing spiritually. “Every so often, God revealed issues to him which he shared with us. And people issues got here to cross as they have been revealed to him. If he had not gone into music, he would most positively change into a minister of God. Should you take heed to most of his songs, like Holy Spirit, or Righteousness Take Over The Earth, he was roughly a gospel artiste.”

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Bizarre manifestations

“I began noticing bizarre manifestations in him at about 1991-2. We had a present at Eko Le’Meriden Lodge in Victo- ria Island, Lagos. To my shock my brother got here on stage totally wearing a local physician’s apparel as an alternative of his common outfit. By that point, we weren’t residing collectively anymore. “Majek’s downside just isn’t drug-related. He took to alcoholism to recover from his actual downside. Failing to maintain the principles of no matter he delved into, he began to hallucinate. He began seeing issues. “As an example, if he was in a room, he would let you know ‘open the door, open the window’. Should you inform him the air situation is on, he would say ‘Can’t you see them spirits; you wish to entice the spirits. Males, let the spirits transfer round’. “He felt he may cease seeing these issues by getting drunk. Until date, he has not been capable of liberate himself from these spirits. Earlier than we went to Cote d’Ivoire, we had few reveals right here – First at Waterparks in Ikeja, then at MUSON Centre on Lagos Island, thereafter, the japanese a part of the nation. By then Majek’s behaviour had change into erratic. He would come on stage, unzipped his fly and began saying ‘Let me present you my d**ok. I used to f**ok American P***y’.

‘He broke the principles’

“The occasion we went for in Cote d’Ivoire was like Nigeria’s Festac 77. Black artistes from everywhere in the world have been there for one week on the Félix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan. The Marley household got here, so was each huge reggae artiste. “I used to be decided to not let him shame himself the best way he had been doing recently in Nigeria. We received to our resort and after allocating rooms, I stayed with him in his suite. As quickly as he known as room service and ordered for a bottle of brandy, I might decide the intercom instantly and cancel the order. We’d start to quarrel. For 3 days, I gave him shut marking. He couldn’t drink alcohol. I pressured him to eat. “On the third night time, round 2 a.m., whereas we have been watching a film in his suite, he checked out me and shook his head. He mentioned: ‘Amos I envy you, males’. I mentioned ‘What do you imply? How will you envy me, you’re the star’. He mentioned: ‘You gained’t perceive. Simply maintain on to Christ, the best way you’re, he would reward you finally.’ “I began probing him. One of many questions I requested was: “All these experiences about you studying the Seven Books of Moses, are you actually studying them? His reply: “Seven Books of Moses? These are kindergarten books’. He began mentioning books that I’ve by no means heard of in my life. He talked about names too. That was how he got here up with the road that he’s attending to the extent of de Lawrence. He informed me many issues. He informed me he couldn’t preserve the principles. He broke the principles. However he failed to inform me what the principles have been. “It was in Lagos he combined up with the incorrect crowd, however his case worsened within the US. The circle he fell into in America difficult his downside, particularly when he met a promoter known as Paul (surname withheld). “When he was signed on to Interscope Data, they introduced within the producer of U2 to work on his album. That man additionally spiritually influenced him negatively. These two guys have been steep in spiritism. There isn’t any distinction in spiritism right here in Nigeria and over there in America. The satan is similar all over the place. “That is the irony: as soon as Majek will get on stage, the spirit steps apart for him to carry out; as soon as he completed performing, the spirit comes again to start out the torment.

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Supply: NewTelegraph

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