Late Nigerian reggae legend Majek Fashek will be laid to rest in the New York city of the United States of America where he died, according to his family.
His ex-wife Rita and first child disclosed this development in a video Monday, August 10.
Fashek’s son revealed that they were forced to take the decision to bury their father far away from his home country, Nigeria, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The performer – popular for hits such as Send Down the Rain and So Long for Too Long – died in his sleep on June 1 at the age of 57.
The musician, whose real name was Majekodunmi Fasheke, also worked with stars like Jimmy Cliff, Tracy Chapman and Snoop Dogg.
The immediate family of the Nigerian legend had pleaded with the general public to aid them financially to bring the corpse of the musician home for burial from the United States of America.
House of Representatives member, Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma, made the plea on behalf of the family on June 5.
“With the support of the family, the children, we are looking at how we can bring him to Nigeria to be buried. This is going to cost quite a lot of money, especially with the challenge of COVID-19. So, we are trying to raise funds. The only account we have right now to be donated to, is the eldest son’s account, Randy Majek”, he said.
Majek Fashek had been ill for some time but the cause of his death is not clear.
He was drawn to reggae in the 1980s at a point when highlife and juju were more dominant in Nigeria.
The artist said Bob Marley was a major influence as a consequence his musical style and looks mirrored the Jamaican legend.