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Sound Sultan passes away at age 44

Popular Nigerian singer, Olanrewaju Fasasi, popularly known as Sound Sultan, has died at the age of 44.

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In a statement on Sunday signed by his brother, Kayode Fasasi, the family said that Sound Sultan died after a battle with cancer.

The statement reads:-

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Multi-talented veteran singer, rapper, songwriter, Onlanrewaju Fasasi a.k.a Sound Sultan.

Cause of death? A rare form of Cancer

A statement released by his family says he died on July 11 after a long battle with throat cancer. Sound Sultan passed away at the age of 44 following a hard-fought battle with Angioimmunoblastic T-cell Lymphoma.

In May, it was widely reported that Sound Sultan was diagnosed with throat cancer and undergoing chemotherapy in a hospital in New York, United States of America.

But the singer denied the report.

In a post on Instagram he addressed the fake news, by thanking fans for the “massive” show of love, adding, “I will tell you my story myself it will be true THEN not false”.

He is survived by his wife, 3 children, and his siblings. We, his family appreciate the utmost privacy as we come to grips with this tragic loss.

Everything You Need To Know About Sound Sultan’s Music Career

Sound Sultan’s music career started in 1991. He has worked in different musical genres from R&B to Afrobeat, soul and Nigerian Fuji music. He released his first single “Jagbajantis” in 2000 which became a massive hit in Nigeria.

After independently releasing other singles and featuring in hit songs of other artists, he was signed by Kennis Music before moving to Naija Ninjas which he started with Baba Dee.

In 2012, it was announced that Sound Sultan was made a UN Ambassador for Peace for his exemplary lifestyle and career.

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 “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 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.

5 Throwback Songs by Sound Sultan

To remember his legacy, Here are some Sound Sultan’s throwback singles loved by most Nigerians. See below:

Mathematics (Jagbajantis)

Monsura

Orobo

Natural Something

Motherland

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