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Modern Nigerian Hip-Hop pioneer Sound Sultan, loses the battle to throat cancer

Popular Singer and Entertainer Sound Sultan, born Olarenwaju Fasasi, is dead. He is one of the pioneers of modern hip-hop music in Nigeria. The singer died at the age of 44 after battling Angioimmunoblastic T-cell Lymphoma.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by Dr. Kayode Fasasi on behalf of the Fasasi family.

The statement read, “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our multitalented veteran singer, rapper, songwriter Olanrewaju Fasasi aka Sound Sultan.

Friends and Fans have taken to their social media accounts to express their grief and share their condolences while some are still in disbelief.

Sound Sultan was in Jos, Plateau state. He attended Federal Government College Ogbomosho for his Secondary education from 1988 –1993. After which, he went on to obtain a degree in geography and regional planning from the Lagos State University (LASU) in 1999. Sound Sultan was married to longtime girlfriend Chichi Morah, now Farida Fasasi, and they have three children.

Baba Dee, Sound Sultan’s elder brother was vital in his interest and eventual pivot to music. 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 which became more popularly known as Jagbajantis in 2000. Jagbajantis became a massive hit in Nigeria and got him signed to 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.

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.

Rest In Peace to the legendary Singer, Rapper, Songwriter, Ambassador, Businessman, and the co-owner of Lagos City Stars basketball club. Pioneering modern hip-hop in Nigeria with bandanas and wristbands to match, his name is forever etched in the hearts of Nigerians and the Nigerian music Industry. He used his music to speak out against a corrupt government and it’s likewise corrupt citizenry. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during these trying times.

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