The legendary Reggae crooner, Majek Fashek who got addicted to hard drugs and was taking to Rehabilitation centre in Abuja is finally out of Rehab, he recounts how Rehab saved his life.
Majek said, “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,”“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,”
The singer also said, “Growing up, I never tasted alcohol or smoke but you know, it is actually part of the lifestyle of a performing musician.“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.”
On if he thinks musicians need to smoke or take drugs to perform, “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.” he said.
On how he will compose music without using drugs, “Now I am cold, very cold. I will try to do music without using drugs.” he replied.
On his advice for upcoming artistes, “If you want to go far in music, as an upcoming act, don’t womanise. Stay away from hard drugs and too much alcohol.” he concluded.