Sound Sultan (born Olanrewaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi; November 27, 1976 – July 11, 2021)[1] was a Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, comedian, and recording artist. He was regarded as one of the pacesetters of modern hip hop music in Nigeria. He was notable for using his music to speak against poverty, corruption, bad governance and societal ills in Nigeria.

Sound Sultan
Background information
Birth nameOlanrewaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi
Also known asSound Sultan
Born(1976-11-27)November 27, 1976
Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
DiedJuly 11, 2021(2021-07-11) (aged 44)
New Jersey , United States of America
GenresR&B, hip hop, reggae, Afrobeat
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, rapper, comedian, actor, musician, record producer, executive producer, basketball club co -owner.
Years active1996–2021

Early life edit

In 1991, he took interest in music and miming at school parties and writing his own lyrics. He attributed his early influence to his elder brother Baba Dee[2] who studied theatre arts, and received most of his early stage experience through Baba Dee.[citation needed] He started learning how to play the guitar after his secondary school education and was in a band by 1999.

Career edit

Sound Sultan's career in show business started in the 1990s, when he hosted shows to raise money for studio sessions.

By 1999, he had won numerous local talent-hunt shows. He released his first single - Mathematics "Jagbajantis" in 2000,[3] which was a hit in Nigeria. After independently releasing other singles and featuring in hit songs of other artists, he was signed by Kennis Music.[4]

Under Kennis Music, he released four albums. By 2007, his contract with the label expired[5] and he partnered with Baba Dee to start Naija Ninjas, a parent organization for a record label, production outfit and clothing line.[5] After starting as a rapper, he worked in different musical genres from R&B to Afrobeat, soul and Nigerian Fuji music. He said that artists shouldn't be judged on the genre in which they performed, that the important thing is the message conveyed in the music.[citation needed]

Under Naija Ninjas, he released Back From The Future (2011) and signed artists such as Karma Da Rapper,[6] Young GreyC, Shawn (Sean Tizzle) and Blacka.

Naija Ninjas released their debut EP titled The Rebirth[7] in 2012 and it featured the hit single Aropin which was produced by music producer Prodizzle featuring Sound Sultan, Karma & Sean Tizzle.[8]

Sound Sultan began a working relationship with Wyclef Jean when he featured alongside 2face Idibia and Faze on "Proud to be African" from Wyclef's Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101 album. They collaborated on two other projects: "King of My Country" (2009) and "People Bad" (2012).[9]

In 2012, it was announced that Sound Sultan was made a UN Ambassador for Peace for his exemplary lifestyle and career.[10][better source needed]

In 2015, Sound Sultan released the rap single "Remember"[11] after a long absence from the music scene.

After the fallout of the African Basketball League, Sound Sultan joined forces with the organizers of the Continental Basketball League to become a team owner of Lagos City Stars (the 2017 champions) and a facilitator of the league entertainment.[12]

Sound Sultan featured on Honorebel's 2019 single "Bridal" with Joe El.[13]

Personal life and death edit

In 2009, Sound Sultan married his long-term girlfriend Chichi Morah, now known as Farida Fasasi.[14] They had three children.[15]

On May 12, 2021, it was reported that Sound Sultan was somewhere in the USA receiving chemotherapy as he was reportedly diagnosed with Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma. He died on July 11, 2021, at the age of 44 as a result of complications from the illness.[16]

Sound Sultan was the younger brother of Nigerian musical artiste, Baba Dee.[2]

Discography edit

  • Kpsshew (2001)
  • Textbook (2004)
  • Naija 007 (2007)
  • SS4 (2008)
  • Back to The future (2010)
  • Me, My Mouth and Eye (2013)
  • Out of The Box (2016)
  • 8th Wondah (2020)

Awards and nominations edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Who Is Sound Sultan? Here's Everything You Need To Know About Him". BuzzNigeria - Famous People, Celebrity Bios, Updates and Trendy News. August 1, 2018. Retrieved March 27, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Baba Dee to Sound Sultan: Even in death, you're a symbol of grace". TheCable Lifestyle. July 13, 2021. Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  3. ^ "Mathematics (Jagbajantis) | AMDB Music". AMDB Music. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  4. ^ "Kennis:Yesterday, today and Kelly Hansome". June 15, 2012. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "I am not a big boy –Sound Sultan". Archived from the original on January 29, 2013.
  6. ^ L, Jibola (September 2, 2010). "Who is… Karma". BellaNaija. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  7. ^ "Sound Sultan presents Naija Ninja with 'The Rebirth Mixtape'". Nigerian Entertainment Today. October 6, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  8. ^ "VIDEO Premiere: Karma - Aropin Feat. Sean Tizzle , Sound Sultan". HWING. July 2, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  9. ^ Nkechi Opurum (August 26, 2012). "Sound Sultan features Wyclef on track | Daily Times Nigeria". Retrieved April 7, 2014.
  10. ^ "Sound Sultan, Goldie Made Un Ambassadors". March 24, 2012. Archived from the original on April 8, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
  11. ^ "Fresh Music: Sound Sultan – Remember". ExclusivelyNaija. Ifode Concepts. July 25, 2015. Archived from the original on September 26, 2015. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  12. ^ "Jordin is MVP as Lagos City Stars win CBL's May Madness". June 6, 2017.
  13. ^ "Music News: Bridal | The Indie Music Press Release Board | Honorebel - Upcoming Releases (Reggae)". Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  14. ^ "Celebrity Wedding Update: Sound Sultan | Tosin Sido | Sokleva Hughes of Rooftop MCs". Bella Naija. October 8, 2009. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
  15. ^ "Meet Sound Sultan's Beautiful Wife And Children You All Didn't Know (PHOTOS)". AKPRAISE'S BLOG. March 26, 2015. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  16. ^ "Veteran Singer Sound Sultan Dies At Age 44". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. July 11, 2021. Retrieved July 11, 2021.
  17. ^ Oyeleye, Stephen. "Sound Sultan – Naija Jungle". GbeduJamzng. Retrieved June 12, 2018.