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HONORARY SPOTLIGHT ARTISTE OF THE WEEK

Written by royalroots

July 18, 2021

Olanrewaju Ganiu Fasasi (Sound Sultan)Sound Sultan was born Olanrewaju Ganiu Fasasi on November 27, 1976.He was a rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, comedian and recording artist regarded as one of the pacesetters of modern hip hop music in Nigeria.

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 under Kennis Music, where he released four albums. His contract with Kennis Music expired in 2007, after which he partnered with Baba Dee to start Naija Ninjas, a parent organisation for a record label, production outfit and clothing line.

Under Naija Ninjas, he released Back from the Future (2010) and signed artists such as Karma Da Rapper, Young GreyC, Shawn and Black.After 2010 was done, he released our song number 4 in January 2011, a hit track from his Back from the future album. He got help from M.I on this one, he also began a working relationship with Wyclef Jean, featuring alongside 2face Idibia and Faze on “Proud to be African” from Wyclef’s welcome to Haiti: Creole 101 album. They collaborated on two other projects: “King of My Country” in 2009 and “People Bad” in 2012.

In 2009, Sound Sultan married his long-term girlfriend Chichi Morah, now known as Farida Fasasi they were blessed with 3 children.

Our Song number 3 is the remix to one of Sound Sultan’s international collaborations with Wyclef. Wyclef fondly called him his cousin till Sound Sultan sadly passed away last weekend. 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 2000, he released his breakthrough hit, a song on which he used BODMAS to advocate a new approach to governance in Africa. In 2012, he was made a UN Ambassador for Peace for his exemplary lifestyle and career. 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).

However our song number 1 is from his iconic album from 2006, “The ‘compulsory’ Textbook” a song he did a remix to with Johnny Drille just last year.

May His Soul Rest in Peace.

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