Nigerian reggae legend, popularly known as Majek Fashek, has died at the age of 57. The artiste was drawn to reggae in the 1980s at a point when highlife and juju were more dominant in Nigeria.

Popular for hits such as Send Down the Rain and So Long for Too Long, Fashek said Bob Marley was a major influence as a consequence his musical style and looks mirrored the Jamaican legend.

He died in his sleep in New York, his manager, Omenka Uzoma, told the BBC.

Writing on Instagram, Mr Uzoma said it was “a time for us all to celebrate his achievements, and not mourn”.

The musician, whose real name was Majekodunmi Fasheke, also worked with stars like Jimmy Cliff, Tracy Chapman and Snoop Dogg.

“He’s done a lot for Nigeria and Africa,” his manager said.

Majek Fashek had been ill for some time but the cause of his death is not clear.

In the mid-2000s, there were reports that the musician was struggling with his health.

Pictures of an emaciated Majek Fashek shocked Nigerians who were concerned about the star.

The crooner reportedly battled with drug issues and even spent some time in a drug rehabilitation centre in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja in 2015.

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