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Sound Sultan (born Olanrewaju Fasasi[1] on November 27, 1976[citation needed]) is a Nigerian rapper, singer-songwriter, actor, comedian and recording artist. He is regarded as one of the pacesetters of modern hip hop music in Nigeria.

Sound Sultan
Birth nameOlanrewaju Fasasi
Born (1976-11-27) November 27, 1976 (age 42)
Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
GenresR&B, hip hop, reggae, Afrobeat
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, rapper, comedian, actor, musician, record producer, executive producer
Years active1996–present
Labels
Associated acts2face Idibia, Wyclef Jean, WizKid, Sarkodie, Banky W, M.I, Faze, Plantashun Boyz, BlackFace Naija
Websitesoundsultan.com

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Early lifeEdit

Sound Sultan is the fourth of six children to Fasasi Liadi Alarape (father) and Fasasi Adeyinka Ajarat (mother).[citation needed] He attended Stepping Stone Nursery and Primary (1981–1987) school before moving to Federal Government College Ogbomosho (1988–1993) to attain his secondary school education. He then acquired a degree in geography and regional planning from Lagos State University in 1999.[citation needed]

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

CareerEdit

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

By 1999, he had won numerous local talent-hunt shows. He released his first single "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 has worked in different musical genres from R&B to Afrobeat, soul and Nigerian Fuji music. He has said that artists shouldn't be judged on the genre in which they perform, that the important thing is the message conveyed in the music.[6]

Under Naija Ninjas, he released Back From The Future (2010) and signed artists such as Karma Da Rapper, Young GreyC, Shawn and Blacka.[2]

Sound Sultan began a working relationship with Wyclef Jean when featured alongside 2face Idibia and Faze on "Proud to be African" from Wyclef's Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101 album. They have collaborated on two other projects: "King of My Country" (2009) and "People Bad" (2012).[7]

In 2012, it was announced that Sound Sultan was made a UN Ambassador for Peace for his exemplary lifestyle and career.[8][better source needed]

In 2015, Sound Sultan released the rap single "Remember"[9] after a long absence from the music scene.

in 2016, Sound Sultan released his seventh album, Out Of The Box. Songs featured Patoranking, Sarkodie and 2Face Idibia.[citation needed]

Sound Sultan and Baba Dee made the comedic film Head Gone which is distributed on Netflix.[citation needed]

Sound Sultan, who used to play basketball for the Dodan Warriors, partnered with investors and purchased shares in the Lagos Islanders basketball team in 2015. He later became a facilitator in the African Basketball League, and was a special guest at the first NBA African Games.[citation needed]

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.[10] In November 2017, Sound Sultan joined forces with Wizkid and 2Baba to create Geshomo, which enjoyed massive airplay all over Africa and the United Kingdom.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2009, Sound Sultan married his long-term girlfriend Chichi Morah, from the Igbo ethnic group.[11] The couple has two children.[12]

DiscographyEdit

  • Kpseeeeeeew (2001)
  • Textbook (2004)
  • Naija 007 (2007)
  • SS4 (2008)
  • Back to The future (2010)
  • Me, My Mouth and Eye (2012)[1]
  • Out of The Box (2016)

VideographyEdit

Year Title Director Ref
2016 Monsura feat. Olamide Capital Hill [13]
2017 show me road produced by wole oni [14]
2017 not stop feat. harry song [15]
2018 naija jungle

Awards and nominationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Loading..." thenetng.com. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Loading..." thenetng.com. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  3. ^ "Mathematics (Jagbajantis) | AMDB Music". AMDB Music. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  4. ^ "Kennis:Yesterday, today and Kelly Hansome". Punchng.com. June 15, 2012. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
  5. ^ a b http://www.naijarules.com/vb/all-music/29737-i-am-not-big-boy-sound-sultan.html[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Loading..." thenetng.com. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  7. ^ Nkechi Opurum (August 26, 2012). "Sound Sultan features Wyclef on track | Daily Times Nigeria". Dailytimes.com.ng. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
  8. ^ Saturday, March 24, 2012 (March 24, 2012). "Sound Sultan,Goldie Made Un Ambassadors". nigeriafilms.com. Archived from the original on April 8, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2014.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "Fresh Music: Sound Sultan – Remember". ExclusivelyNaija. Ifode Concepts. July 25, 2015. Archived from the original on September 26, 2015. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  10. ^ https://guardian.ng/sport/jordin-is-mvp-as-lagos-city-stars-win-cbls-may-madness/
  11. ^ "Celebrity Wedding Update: Sound Sultan | Tosin Sido | Sokleva Hughes of Rooftop MCs". Bella Naija. October 8, 2009. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ "Sound Sultan Rapper features Olamide on 'Monsura' video". Pulse.ng. Joey Akan. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  14. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmK7oZpwRiU
  15. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9R4ASFino90
  16. ^ Oyeleye, Stephen. "Sound Sultan – Naija Jungle". GbeduJamzng. Retrieved June 12, 2018.