Sound Sultan (born Olanrewaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi; November 27, 1976 – July 11, 2021) 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.
|Birth name||Olanrewaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi|
|Also known as||Sound Sultan|
|Born||November 27, 1976|
Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
|Died||July 11, 2021(aged 44)|
|Genres||R&B, hip hop, reggae, Afrobeat|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, rapper, comedian, actor, musician, record producer, executive producer, basketball club co -owner.|
|Associated acts||2face Idibia, Wyclef Jean, WizKid, Sarkodie, Banky W, M.I, Faze, Plantashun Boyz, BlackFace Naija|
In 1991, he had taken an interest in music, miming at school parties and writing his own lyrics. He attributed his early influence to his elder brother Baba Dee who studied theatre arts, and received most of his early stage experience through Baba Dee. He started learning how to play the guitar after his secondary school education and was in a band by 1999.
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, 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.
Under Kennis Music, he released four albums. By 2007, his contract with the label expired and he partnered with Baba Dee to start Naija Ninjas, a parent organization for a record label, production outfit and clothing line. 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.
Under Naija Ninjas, he released Back From The Future (2010) and signed artists such as Karma Da Rapper, Young GreyC, Shawn and Blacka.
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).
In 2015, Sound Sultan released the rap single "Remember" 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.
Personal life and deathEdit
On May 12, 2021, it was reported that Sound Sultan was somewhere in the USA receiving chemotherapy as he was reportedly diagnosed Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma in the throat. He died July 11, 2021 at the age of 44 as a result of complications from the illness.
- Kpseeeeeeew (2001)
- Textbook (2004)
- Naija 007 (2007)
- SS4 (2008)
- Back to The future (2010)
- Me, My Mouth and Eye (2012)
- Out of The Box (2016)
Awards and nominationsEdit
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- "Veteran Singer Sound Sultan Dies At Age 44". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. July 11, 2021. Retrieved July 11, 2021.
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- "Nigerian Singer Songwriter Sound Sultan, 44, Dies Of Throat Cancer". Midevibez. Retrieved July 11, 2021.
- Oyeleye, Stephen. "Sound Sultan – Naija Jungle". GbeduJamzng. Retrieved June 12, 2018.