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Exclusive interview with Controversial Musician, Majek Fashek

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This is the transcript of the interview conducted by Nigerian Entertainment Today with Nigerian Reggae Musician, Majek Fashek

“What was life like in New York?
New York is hustle, it’s just like Lagos.

Having spent a lot of time in both continents, where do you think you have the most fans right now?

I got fans here (Nigeria) and I got fans over there; the people in US feel my music a lot. I’ve been on international TV lots of times, but I had to leave there because they were sucking my blood. So I ran!

Please tell us about your time in the US…
I’d rather hold that back, I’m just glad I have peace of mind right now; you can have all the money in the world but end up dead or unhappy. Look at Abiola; they gave him tea to drink. I’m not a prisoner of conscience.

Are you back in Nigeria for good or are you going back to the States?
I’m going to be here for a year or two years

What are you working on while you’re here?
Four or five albums. I got a new album out but I’m working on another one to be released in Nigeria. My plan is to work with young Nigerian musicians. For now I’ve got two people in mind; 2face and Black Face.

What should we expect from your album?
Honestly, expect nothing but good music. I’m very confident about that. Do you know why I came back? My mission in Nigeria is to save the ‘Sceptre’.

What is the ‘Sceptre’?
(Laughs) It means ‘Lion of Judah’. I have come to save it because if Nigeria falls, Africa will fall. We need a revolutionary like me, not Ras kimono. Kimono wants to drive a car, wants to buy a house. I am the streets.

So you have beef with Ras Kimono?
Yes, he’s my rival. I’ve gone international; Kimono couldn’t go international because he was too local. Tell Kimono to bring it on!

Let’s talk about the women in your life…
I can’t tell you much about women right now because I’ve been celibate.

Why have you been celibate?
I wanted to be pure. I had to be celibate when I was leaving New York and returning to the Motherland. I only make love to the woman that loves me. I’m celibate.

But are you still with the woman that loves you?

What’s wrong with that? Celibacy has different definitions.

Do you believe in God?
I don’t play with God, why should I. He is the one that helps me. I’m not an atheist

Are you a Christian?
I’m not a Christian, I’m a Rastafarian. Not just any Rastafarian but a Jesus Rastafarian.

Let’s go back to the music. Why have you chosen to play at the New Afrika Shrine?
It’s because Fela’s children respect me. You know that I was their father’s boy.

Tell us about your relationship with Fela.
(Smiles) Fela was a great man. I can’t be like him, Fela would fight any politician. I can’t fight politicians, it’s not easy but I go carry their money waka, I’ll share their money to the poor just like Robin Hood. I won’t fight them, I’ll parley with them. Before Fela died, he prophesized second slavery. What is second slavery? Rich man go dey march poor man. So we have to attack the rich man, because if he takes over then we are in trouble. Me I don’t care, I have come back, if I die in the mission, no problem. I came to save the poor man; the poor man must not slave. I have suffered, they must not. It’s not money I mean, forget about money, I got money. The King of Benin is my uncle.

Do you like Femi Kuti and his music?
Of course I do. Femi is a true musician. I like Lagbaja too. These are great men, often criticized because they are not normal. (Chris Brown’s ‘with you’ comes on in the background) Now that’s music (points to speaker) I was in the studio with this boy once, fantastic singer.

How about our boys here?
Our boys never serious. Our boys are very good but don’t have direction, they are playing calypso music. (Points to the speaker again) Nigerian boys need to study sound. I studied Bob Marley that’s why the Jamaicans like me.

How was your experience when you went to Jamaica?
Jamaicans say they only recognize three musicians – Lucky Dube, Alpha Blondy and Majek. They don’t know Kimono.

What is one of your most memorable shows?
I’ve had too many shows to start recounting stories, just too many. I’m a stage performer. I thank God for giving me the blessing. I remember one 2face show in Canada; the producers forced me to open the show, I wasn’t happy because I wanted to perform last. Eventually I got on stage and shut the show down with my performance. When 2face got on stage, the crowd didn’t want to see him anymore.”
What are you thinking?

7 Responses to “Exclusive interview with Controversial Musician, Majek Fashek”

  1. Dr. Armah Elibe says:

    Why do the good ones always suffer premature sunset in their carrears? Marvin Gaye was cut short by his own father, Elvis Preseley was extinguished too sonn, Lucky Dube was killed like a dog on the streets of South Africa, Michael Jackson was killed by the one he employed to care and preserve his life, now our very own Majek Rainmaker Fashek has been turned into a hardly recognizable junk and relic so soon, before the noon of his life…what is the problem?, I dont know, Solution?, Jesus Christ and Godly behaviour. Those who have ears to hear let them hear.

  2. Tolulope Omotosho says:

    despite me been a good fan of Majek Fashek, I don’t like seeing him at his present state. I also don’t like him having a crush on Kimono, isn’t he a rasterfarian. Lastly Majek needs to revise himself in the way he thinks,possitively.

  3. abimbola adebo says:

    See what DRUG I mean HARD DRUG has turn Majek Fashek into. He is a living corpse , his response is irrational ! Too bad ! I hope others will learn from him

  4. Fifi says:

    I still believe in him; he can make it. And we are waiting for his great come back!

  5. KP says:

    What a great Star Like majek looking bad phiscally. what’s the problem? who can tell me.

  6. BIG LU says:

    BIG BROTHER,

    YOU TALK AND SOUND BRIGHT.

    MY ADVISE: PLS. JUST LET GO ON RAS-KIMONO & FIRE DOWN. YOU STILL
    HAVE SOME THINGS TO OFFER TO YOUR FANS.

    CARRY GO, WE DEY WAIT.

    GOD BLESS.

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