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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.
Sound Sultan is the fourth child amongst six children to Fasasi Liadi Alarape (Father) and Fasasi Adeyinka Ajarat (Mother). 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 before acquiring a Geography and Regional Planning degree from Lagos State University in 1999.
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 (2011) and signed artists such as Karma Da
Rapper, Young GreyC, Shawn (Sean Tizzle) and Blacka.
Naija Ninjas released their debut EP titled The Rebirth in 2012 and it featured the hit single Aropin which was produced by music producer Prodizzle featuring Sound Sultan, Karma & Sean Tizzle.
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 2012, it was announced that Sound Sultan was made a UN Ambassador for Peace for his exemplary lifestyle and career.
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.
Sound Sultan featured on Honorebel’s 2019 single “Bridal” with Joe El
PERSONAL LIFE & DEATH
In 2009, Sound Sultan married his long-term girlfriend Chichi Morah, now known as Farida Fasasi. They had three children.
On May 12, 2021, it was reported that Sound Sultan was somewhere in the USA receiving chemotherapy, after he been diagnosed with Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma. He died July 11, 2021 at the age of 44 as a result of complications from the illness.
Sound Sultan was the younger brother to Nigerian musical artiste Baba Dee.
- Reality Chq (2022)
- Out of The Box (2016)
- Me, My Mouth and Eye (2013)
- Back to The Future (2010)
- SS4 (2008)
- Naija 007 (2007)
- Textbook (2004)
- Kpseeeeeeew (2001)
Mathematics: The classic, which was a street anthem in 2000, is highly regarded till date.
Loved by kids and their parents alike, “Mr Teacher” teaches his students mathematics in a conscious way. The track brought Sound sultan into limelight.
Motherland: The “Jagbajantis” crooner dedicated this song to “all his brothers’ wey don ja comot for naija”. He adds “no matter where you go, make you no forget about area!”. This is sound sultan telling you “there’s no place like home”.
Crazy World: This is a remake of Fela’s classic. It’s a crazy world and the streets are truly wild!
Naija Jungle: The track is a narrative on the state of the nation with thought-provoking and insightful lyrics. Comparing Nigeria to a jungle, Sound Sultan sang a blend of Pidgin and English, “some dey work all the work, some chop till belle full”
Bush Meat: In the song featuring 2face Idibia and W4, Sound Sultan said “one day, the bush meat go catch the hunter” with its popular line “Eba mi ki ole”
2010: Released in 2010, this conscious single titled “2010″ (Light Up) featuring M.I Abaga talks about the fake promises made by the government to provide electricity by 2010.
- The Campus Queen (2004)
- Head Gone (2014)
- The Washerman (2018)
2018 – The Headies, Best Contemporary Song
2017 – Scream Awards Recipient
2016 – Scream Awards, Legendary Award
2012 – DSTV NBBF All-Star Weekend, Celebrity MVP
2010 – NMVA, Best Special Effects Video
2010 – The Headies, Best Collabo
2007 – Soundcity Awards, Best Collabo
2005 – Amen Awards, Best Afro Song
2005 – Amen Awards, Best Songwriter
2003 – Fame Awards, Most Popular Song
2003 – Fame Awards, Best Afro Beat Song
2003 – Fame Awards, Best New Artiste
2022 – Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Creativity – UNWTO