Reggae star, Majek Fashek, is in the news again. This time, the musician’s numerous fans, especially in Nigeria, are excited that he has finally released the product of his much-publicised collabo with equally gifted singer, Tuface Idibia.
The single, which is available on the Internet, is a remix of Majek’s wave-making song titled, No more sorrow from his 1991 album, Spirit of love. Many music fans of the older generation are, no doubt, familiar with the song, which appeared to rock the music scene and of course, the radio waves almost ceaselessly in the 1990s.
For most fans of the reggae musician, who has had a long running battle with drug and alcohol addiction, the recent remix of No more sorrow signals Majek’s triumph over the forces that have delayed the progress of his career for more than a decade. It also announces his final return to the music scene, 10 months after he emerged from a rehab home in Abuja.
But it appears that the new song was released without the input of the musician’s benefactor, Chief Ayiri Emami, who single-handedly took responsibility for payment of Majek’s bills at the rehab home. Tuface Idibia’s manager, Efe Omorogbe, confirmed this, in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Thursday.
Omorogbe noted that plans for Majek’s collabo with Tuface had already been concluded before the reggae star met and struck up a relationship with the Warri-based billionaire. Also, he said that the remix of No more sorrow was released on Majek’s own records label. He said, “This collaboration was finalised a little earlier, before the relationship between Majek and Chief Ayiri Emami. The song is an independent release by Majek Fashek and supported by GistMe Communications.”
It would be recalled that last May, The PUNCH exclusively reported that the relationship between Emami and Majek had gone sour. Emami had literally washed his hands off the musician for certain reasons.
At the time, the businessman had insisted that his relationship with Majek was purely humanitarian and that it had nothing to do with show business. He had said, “Majek wanted to join my music label, but I said no. I didn’t want other people to think that I did him a favour because I wanted him to sign on to the label. Instead, I told him that I could get him a good manager that would take care of him and his career, get him a car and every other thing.”
After their relationship broke up, Majek Fashek was said to have relocated to England. Even as the news of his latest album release spread on Wednesday, reports claimed that he had been spotted in London.