Olanrewaju Fasasi, popularly known as Sound Sultan, was born on November 27, 1976, in Jos, Plateau State. He took ill and was diagnosed with Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma, also known as cancer of the throat. Sadly, he passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2021, at the age of 44, after a battle with the illness in an American-based hospital.
Sound Sultan was known for mega-hits he released in his music career as a rapper, singer-songwriter, standup performer.
He took interest in music, miming at school parties and writing his own lyrics at an early age. He started learning how to play the guitar after his secondary school education and was in a band by 1999.
The singer was signed on to Kennis Music between 1997 and 2008, when he started his own record label, Naija Ninjas, which he co-launched with his elder brother, Baba Dee, in 2007.
The songwriter released his first single, which he titled “Mathematics-Jagbajantis” in 2000. In the song, he used the acronym BODMAS to reiterate the importance of Brotherhood, Objectivity, Democracy, Modification, Accountability, and Solidarity among Nigerians.
Another hit in his archives is his “Mothaland Song,” spoke about how Nigerians try to leave the country for greener pastures by all means and soon forget those who sacrificed to help them travel out. The song was a call for Nigerians never to forget their Motherland. The song was released in 2006 from the ‘Out of the Box‘ album
During his career, Sound Sultan worked with prominent artists like, Wyclef Jean, 2face Idibia, Faze, Flavour, Banky .W., Eldee, Chidinma, 9ice, Wizkid, amongst others.
As a lover of sports, Sound Sultan partnered with the organizers of the Continental Basketball League to become the team owner of Lagos City Stars (the 2017 champions).
Sound Sultan received several awards, including the 2012 Headies Award for Album of the Year (Back From The Future) and the City People Music Special Recognition Award in 2018.
In 2012, the United Nations (UN) named him an Ambassador for Peace for his exemplary lifestyle and career.
Around May 2021, rumours surrounding his health challenges filtered into circulation among his fans this caused a lot of worry among his fans and friendss. But when he made a post where he looked healthy and strong during the Eid Mubarak celebrations in May 2021, which kind of helped to calm the nerves of many.
Sound Sultan married his heartthrob of many years, Chichi Morah, now Farida Fasasi in 2009. The union produced three children.
The shock of his death caused reactions among his friends, fans, and associates. Some reactions were messages from famous Nigerian entertainers.
Olanrewaju Fasasi, Sound Sultan, was buried in a private ceremony with a few friends and family members in attendance. He was buried on the 11th July 2021 in New Jersey, United States where he died.
Story: Ene Ken-Yawe
Pictures: Soundsultan / Instagram