The performer, popular for hits such as Send Down the Rain and So Long for Too Long, died in his sleep in New York, his manager Omenka Uzoma told the BBC.
The Nigerian musician, Majek Fashek had been ill for some time now but the cause of his death is still not clear. He died at the age of 57.
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 is Majekodunmi Fasheke but popularly known as Majek Fashek also worked with music stars like Jimmy Cliff, Tracy Chapman, and Snoop Dogg.
“He’s done a lot for Nigeria and Africa,” his manager said.