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Monday, 26 October 2015
Majek Fashek opens up on his time in rehab
Majekodunmi Fasheke, popularly called Majek Fashek, has opened up on his recent experience at rehab.
Recall that the legendary musician, had for several months, been confined to an Abuja rehabilitation home, Synapse Services-Centre For Psychological Medicine.
However, the Rainmaker, who recently came out of rehab, in a chat with journalists said he is happy to be among the living.
“To fully explain what the rehab was to me, I have a song titled, a living dog is better than a dead lion. It captures how I feel. I give thanks to the Most High for where I am today,” he said.
According to him, it was not just rehab, but alcohol detox as well.
“For me, it was an opportunity to dry out. They say recovering addicts return from rehab dry, but, somehow, after a month or a year they go back to their old habit but I must say I have been vilified. I have heard people say all sorts of things about me, but I need people to understand that stress can make anyone do anything. It is true that I have an addiction, but I trust that I will be fine,” Majek added.
Speaking further, the legend said he was addicted to alcohol, cigarettes, and weed.
The father of three said when he was growing up, he neither smoked nor drank.
“Growing up, I never tasted alcohol or smoke but you know, it is actually part of the lifestyle of a performing musician.”
According to him, “You must be high. But now, I am working on an alternative form of inspiration. And I am not the only one. In many genres of music, from reggae to rock, one needs to be high to play some rock songs.”
When asked if he thinks musicians need to be under the influence of some substance to perform, Majek noted: “For certain genres of music, you must be high, like highlife, rock music, reggae. For a man like Bob Marley to maintain that level, it must not have been easy. But I have calmed down, and will find a way.”
On how he thinks he will be able to compose or perform without using substances as a song writer and singer, he said, “Now I am cold, very cold. I will try to do music without using drugs.
Speaking further, Majek urged upcoming acts to desist from drugs and women.
He said, “If you want to go far in music, as an upcoming act, don’t womanise. Stay away from hard drugs and too much alcohol.”
In a thankful tone, Majek appreciated all those who prayed for him and wished him well while in rehab.
He said, “It is one thing to go into rehab and another to come out.
“The doctors gave me first class treatment, but God healed me, and I give him the credit. Only God and the Lord Jesus Christ can deliver.
“The good thing about rehab for me is that it helped to right my image,” the music star added.