The unhappy passing of reggae tremendous star and Rainmaker maestro, Majek Fashek, continues to evoke sturdy reminiscences amongst these, who knew him at shut vary. One among them is Paris, France-based reggae crooner well-known for such memorable songs like Obaro (‘Ahead ever’) and Oniowoma (Mom is Good), Evi Edna Ogholi.
From her base in Paris, Evi instructed The Guardian how shut her household, alongside her music producer and arranger ex-husband, Emma Ogosi, was to the rainmaker and the way instrumental he was to the success of her music.
“It was Emma Ogosi, my former arranger and producer, who additionally doubled as my ex-husband and father of my two cute and really beautiful youngsters Adora Onome Pleasure Ogosi, my daughter and Dumebi Odezi Victor Ogosi, my son that went to Japex Studio, Lagos, to debate with Majek Fashek (bass guitar),” she recalled.
“Amos McRoy (guitar), Georgia Oz (I referred to as him Georgeeh – keyboards). Additionally, there was Mambo Stix (Christophe Djani Wodjou – performed drums in a lot of my albums), Black O. Rice (percussions) in Obaro (Ahead Ever) track from my second album. Notice that I’ve launched seven albums thus far. The Jastix Band performed in a lot of my albums dwell in Decca Recording Studio, Yaba, Lagos. Black Rice performed percussions in Obaro – Ko titi ko, ko tititi ko, ko ti. Pure; actual African beat and contact. Improbable.
“Majek Fashek obtained excellent sense of humour. He was a really proficient singer, songwriter and performer. Simply after he performed bass guitar dwell at Decca Recording Studio in my track, Obaro, Majek walked as much as me. He eliminated the reggae band with Rastafarian colors – crimson, yellow and inexperienced – from his hand and gave it to me and mentioned, ‘Evi, take it. You’re the Queen of Reggae!”
For a younger musician chopping her enamel on the planet of reggae, this was an enormous endorsement for Evi, who has retained the fond reminiscence for many years.
“I used to be flattered,” she confesses a few years later. “The reggae band given to me by Majek Fashek is the Reggae band that I’m sporting in my Fb and WhatsApp profile photos. Anytime I’m sporting the reggae band, I all the time keep in mind Majek Fashek. Anytime Majek Fashek came visiting, Emma Ogosi and I in our Wemabod Property Duplex, Off Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos, it was laughter all the best way. I used to be all the time excited anytime Majek was visiting us; we acquired him with nice pleasure.
“Similar to all members of the Jastix Band, he had obtained excellent sense of humour. He was very, very good-looking with a gorgeous smile (Très Joli Sourire in French). Recording a lot of my albums dwell with the Jastix Band within the Studio was a really memorable, great, and unforgettable expertise. For me as a singer, songwriter, and performer, there was no rival with Jastix Band.
“Might the light soul of Majek Fashek relaxation in peace within the mighty title of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Alleluya Hallelujah, Amen!”
Evi Edna Ogholi additionally seized the chance of paying respect to the reggae maestro to additionally keep in mind a few of these, who formed her music profession again within the days.
“I wish to use this chance to say hi there to Amos McRoy (now a pastor), Georgia Oz (now in Holland), Black Rice (additionally in Holland), and Mambo Stix (Christophe Djani Wodjou, now additionally in Paris, France similar to me). I wish to additionally say hi there to Romeo Otega. He used to open reveals for me in Nigeria and in some African nations. He toasted dwell in ‘Oniowoma’ (‘Mom is Good’). Romeo Otega additionally chorused in a lot of my songs. I wish to say hi there additionally to Omonhinmin C. Omen. She sang refrain in my first album. Hiya additionally to Jolass Courtroom (now in America); she sang refrain in a lot of my songs. I wish to additionally say hi there to my associates in Brazil – Jorge Jones (a DJ and vinyl vendor in Brazil). He performs my music usually dwell in Brazil. Hiya additionally to Anderson Carlos Maciel in Brazil, Cae Traven, a DJ in Brazil, and Zequinha Donaldson, a Brazilian reggae star).”
Evi additionally defined and apologised to her followers for her failure to be out together with her deliberate music. She, nonetheless, mentioned her new music would out as quickly because the worldwide lockdown as a consequence of coronavirus is lifted and border crossing is made straightforward.
“I wish to additionally use this medium and alternative to apologise to my teeming followers for the lengthy delay in releasing my new album, Peace and Love,” she mentioned. “In short, I cancelled the recording of Peace and Love for some causes. I’ll file Peace and Love afresh in Eno Kingsley Osagie’s studio in Italy as quickly as European, Shengen borders reopen. After Coronavirus lockdown that’s lifted in France and a few European nations, I’ll shoot my music video additionally in Italy. Premier Music, Lagos, Nigeria, my official file firm in Nigeria, will market and distribute that album in Nigeria.”
She mentioned the album comprises eight songs that embrace Peace and Love (reggae), Urehe (‘It’s not over till it’s over’ (reggae/jazz), No one can please the world (reggae), Africa (world music), My Love in a jazzy place (jazz), Paris est belle (Paris is gorgeous – world music), Allow us to be joyful (world music), and Peace and Love (dub model – reggae).
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