Who Was Sound Sultan?
Born November 27, 1976, Sound Sultan 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, notable for using his music to speak against poverty, corruption, and bad government and ills in Nigeria.
His interest in music began in 1991 when he began miming at school parties and writing his own lyrics. He attributes his early influence to his elder brother Dare Fasasi who is well known as Baba Dee. By 1999, he had won numerous local talent-hunt shows. He released his first single Jagbajantis in 2000 and was a hit.
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 organisation for a record label, production outfit, and clothing line.
Sound Sultan Music Career and Songs
After independently releasing other singles, the musician joined Kennis Music. Under Kennis Music, Sound Sultan made four studio albums. When his contract with the label expired in 2007, he partnered with Dare ‘Baba Dee’ Fasasi, his elder brother, to start Naija Ninjas, which served as the parent company to a record label, production outfit, and clothing line. Sultan worked in different music genres; from R&B to afrobeats, soul, and fuji music. Under Naija Ninjas, he released several albums and signed artistes like Karma Da Rapper, Young GreyC, Shawn, and Blacka.
The rapper started working with Wyclef Jean, the Haitian-American rapper, after he featured alongside 2face Idibia and Faze on ‘Proud to be African’ — a song on Wyclef’s ‘Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101’ album. They would later collaborate on two other projects. In 2012, Sound Sultan was made a UN ambassador for peace on account of his exemplary lifestyle.
Sound Sultan Other Interests
Sound Sultan starred in films like ‘The Washerman’ (2018), Head Gone (2014), ‘Campus Queen’ (2004) and a web series by comedian Basketmouth titled ‘Papa Benji’ (2020). In a February 2021 interview, he spoke of some of his projects in the works including music compilations and sitcoms.
“I feel like artistes are actors. When you look at entertainment, it’s just one big estate of creativity. You can have a neighbourhood where there are both music and movies. They are just closely knit. I don’t feel like I have to wear a new crown to do something [different]. I act in my music videos regardless. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been acting. For 20 years now, imagine that you’ve not seen one-tenth of what I can do. That’s scary. But I’m not the type to rush it,” he had said.
Unfortunately, the world never got to see “one-tenth” of his potential as death snatched him prematurely.
Sound Sultan – Mathematics
His showbiz career kicked off in the early ’90s when he hosted shows to raise money for studio sessions. By 1999, he had won multiple talent shows. In 2000, he released his breakthrough hit ‘Mathematics’ — a song on which he used BODMAS to advocate a new approach to governance in Africa.
Sound Sultan Death
Olanrewaju Fasasi, popularly known as Sound Sultan, passed away on Sunday July 11, 2021. Kayode Fasasi, a member of the deceased’s family, who broke the tragic news on Sunday, said the ‘Jagbajantis’ crooner died after battling cancer.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of multitalented veteran singer, rapper, songwriter Olanrewaju Fasasi a.k.a Soundsulatan,” he said in a statement.
“He passed away at the age of 44 following a hard-fought battle with Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma. He is survived by his wife, three children, and his siblings.”
Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that affects the lymphatic system, which removes excess fluids from your body and produces immune cells. Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell that fights infection, according to the American Society of Hematology.
Once present in the lymph system, lymphoma can quickly spread to different tissues and organs. The lymph system of the body are the spleen, thymus gland, bone marrow, and lymphatic vessels, which are the parts that store and transmit the white blood cells.
According to the National Genome Research Institute, lymphoma can be broadly classified into two — Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The cause of lymphoma is yet to be ascertained by scientists. However, those with weak immune systems or immune diseases are susceptible to this cancer.
According to the National Organisation for Rare Disorder (NORD), angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL) is a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which is a group of related malignancies (cancers) that affect the lymphatic system.
AITL is a form of cancer that affects the T-cells, which are the forms of white blood cells that destroy body cells that have become cancerous. When someone is affected by AITL, the T-cells of the white blood cells turn into malignant cells. Malignant cells are cancerous or abnormal cells that can negatively affect other parts of the body when they spread.
When the malignant T-cells grow abnormally or multiply uncontrollably, it may cause the enlargement of some parts of the lymph system. Like lymphoma, the cause of AITL is also not known.
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State: “Sound Sultan left the world at a young age of 44, but he made his mark and left strong messages for the Nigerian society through various songs with thematic preoccupations that centre on politics, commitment and service to fatherland, among others. The news of the death of popular singer and producer, Lanre Fasasi, popularly known as Sound Sultan, unsettled me greatly.”
“From afar, Sound Sultan cuts the figure of a well-bred young man, who achieved stardom by a dint of hard work and managed to remain relevant without falling to the entrapments of fame and youthful exuberance.
“In him, Oyo State lost a great and humble artiste and ambassador. We lost an individual who tried his best to positively impact on his society through entertainment. I pray to God to grant everyone related to him, the fortitude to bear the loss”
Sound Sultan Inspiring Others
In 2017, Sound Sultan said he inspired many top Nigerian artistes who are big in the music industry. Among the names he called were Wizkid, D’banj, the now-defunct P-Square, and Timaya. He said their stardom didn’t stop him from retaining his status as an industry father.
“So many artistes that are big now, when they were budding artistes I inspired and motivated them. From P-Square to Wizkid, Dbanj, Timaya, Asa, and all the other guys. That I want to mentor young up-and-coming artistes doesn’t stop my own movement, it’s more like a positive energy; it’s not something you need to take a break from,” he said.
“You don’t have to wait for your fire to die before igniting another person’s, while your fire is burning you can use it to ignite another person’s fire, so they could feed off the good energy that you emit. That’s why I’m always here.”
Sound Sultan is said to have once allowed then-unknown P-square to open for him during a Lagos concert in what was the music duo’s first show in the state.
Sound Sultan Hobbies
Sultan was a basketball fan, former player and lifelong supporter of the sport who used his brand to attract fellow celebrities and fans to watch live games. But he didn’t stop there; Sultan went further to find new ways to get promote the sport in the country.
In November 2015, entertainers like Darey, Tee Billz, Ikechukwu, Dr Sid, Jimmie, and Vector showed up for Sound Sultan’s ‘Face-Off’ event, which was a creative blend of basketball, music, dance and all-round entertainment.
In 2015, news broke that Sound Sultan had forayed into the sports business by acquiring a stake in the Lagos Islanders, a Lagos-based basketball club founded in 1984. It was revealed that the rap icon co-owned the club, which played in the private African Basketball League (ABL).
In an interview he had that same year, Sound Sultan noted: “I played basketball from 1991 till date. I was the basketball team captain of my secondary school and my university, that’s the kind of prominent role I’ve always played, so for me right now it’s not out of place that I now invest in the game. This time around a group of young men came together with the aim of taking basketball in Nigeria to another level and get new converts to buy into the basketball industry.”
Explaining that he wasn’t the sole owner of Lagos Islanders, he added: “We have a man called Damoye who was the incumbent owner of the team, Ugo Udeze, Tajudeen Sulaiman, and myself. I used to play for Dodan Warriors. So we all came together like Voltron and we all have our strong points.”
Sound Sultan Awards
Sound Sultan bagged the 2012 Headies Award for album of the year and the City People music special recognition award in 2018. In total, eight studio albums were credited to him, including Kpseeeeew (2001), Textbook (2004), Naija 007 (2007), Back to The future (2010), Me, My Mouth, and Eye (2012), Out of The Box (2016), and 8th Wondah (2020).
UN Ambassador for Peace
In 2012, he was made a UN Ambassador for Peace for his exemplary lifestyle and career.
Sound Sultan Family:
Sound Sultan Wife
In 2009, Sound Sultan married Chichi Morah who later converted to Islam and changed her name to Farida Fasasi. They had three children together.
Five years after their marriage, Sound Sultan shut down speculation that he compelled his wife to convert to Islam. He said she converted on her own accord because she was in love with the religion.
“No one forces anyone to do a religion. It just happened that she married me and she really…really was in love with the religion herself,” he had said.