Sound Sultan as fondly called is one of the talented Nigerian musicians who succeeded in staying away from scandals and rumors. During his lifetime, the Jagbajantis crooner was popular for his songs which speaks against societal ills, corruption, bad governance, and so on.
Olanrewaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi who is popularly known as Sound Sultan is a Nigerian singer, rapper, songwriter, actor, and comedian. He was born on the 27th of November, 1976 in Nigeria. At the age of 44 years, Sound Sultan was announced to be dead on July 11th, 2021. He died after battling throat cancer for months.
Sound Sultan is survived by their wife, Farida Fasasi, 3 children, and family members. Continue reading the biography of Sound Sultan to learn more about the renowned musician lifestyle and history.
Early Life and Background
The renowned Nigerian rapper, Sound Sultan was born on November 27th, 1976 by Fasasi Adeyinka Ajarat (mother) and Fasasi Liadi Alarape (father). He is the 4th child out of 5 given birth to by his mother.
Sound Sultan went to Stepping Stone Nursery and Primary school in Lagos from 1981 to 1987. He also attended Ogbomoso secondary school in Oyo state before proceeding to the University of Lagos State (Unilag). In 1999, he obtained a degree in geography and regional planning from the school.
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At an early age, Sound Sultan recognized his love for music as he was able to write his song and sings at school parties. After finishing secondary school, he started learning how to play guitar. Also, he hosted a lot of talent shows during this period to raise a studio session fee.
His penchant for music at an early age was attributed to his brother, Baba Dee who was a graduate of Theatre Arts. Sultan won a lot of talent shows during this period emphasizing his talents in music.
Sound Sultan released his first single which was titled ‘Jagbajantis’ in 2000. Till today, many know Sound Sultan to be ‘Jagbajantis’ crooner as the single was a hit. He is also known for his single titled ‘Mathematics’ which he uses BODMAS to advocate good governance in Africa
Afterward, Olanrewaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi was signed by the Kennis record label under which he released 4 albums. In 2007 after its expiration, Sultan partnered with his brother, Baba Dee to form a record label Naija Ninjas where a whole lot of other artists were signed.
Also, he collaborated with many other artists during his lifetime including Wizkid, 2face Idibia, Sarkodie, M.I, Wyclef Jean, Faze, Banky W, and so on. An example is the Wyclef album single ‘Proud to be Africa’ which he featured alongside Faze.
Being one of the musicians who started singing modern hip-hop in Nigeria, Sultan was loved and respected by many. He sang in a lot of genres during his lifetime including R&B, Hip-hop, Reggae, Afro-beat, Fuji music, and so on.
Apart from being a singer and rapper, Abdul-Ganiu was also an actor and a comedian. He featured in a comedy movie with some popular comedians including Basketmouth, Akpororo, and others. The movie was directed by his brother, Dare Fasasi.
Furthermore, Sound Sultan is also a basketball team owner as he joined hands with the African Basketball league organizer during their fallouts. Hence, he is the owner of the basketball team, Lagos City Star.
Sound Sultan Songs & Albums
Before his death, Olanrewaju is an award-winning singer who sings a lot of songs. Below is the list of his songs.
- Kpseeeeeeew released in 2001
- Textbook released in 2004
- Naija 007 released in 2007
- SS4 released in 2008
- Back to the future released in 2010
- Bush Meat released in 2011
- Me, My Mouth and Eye released in 2012
- Remember released in 2015
- Bad as e bad released in 2015
- Monsura (feat. Olamide) released in 2016
- Out of The Box released in 2016
Geshomo (feat Wizkid and 2face Idibia) released in 2017
- Show me Road released in 2017
- Non-Stop (feat. Harrysong) released in 2017
- Naija Jungle released in 2018
- Odo released in 2019
Awards and Recognition
Olanrewaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi was an award-winning singer and rapper during his lifetime. He has been nominated for many awards including the Headies awards for the Album of the year for his song ‘Back from the future and others.
Also, Sultan crediting his peaceful lifestyle was announced as a UN ambassador of peace in 2012.
Sound Sultan Wife and Family
The renowned hip-hop pacesetter in Nigeria was married to Farida Fasasi with 3 children before his death. Sound Sultan’s wife, Farida Fasasi was his long-time girlfriend before their marriage in 2009. Being an Igbo lady, Farida Fasasi bears Chichi Morah before converted to Islam after their marriage.
Sound Sultan Death and illness
Is Sound Sultan sick? The death of the talented rapper was sudden and unexpected to a lot of fans. Not many knew about his illness and battle with throat cancer (Angioimmunoblastic T-cell Lymphoma).
He was announced to be receiving chemotherapy on the 12th of May, 2021. Unfortunately, he gave up the ghost on July 11, 2021, after battling throat cancer without success.
For many who wants to know where Sound Sultan is buried. He was buried in a Muslim cemetery in Brooklyn, New York according to Islamic rites.
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More About Sound Sultan
Sound Sultan is one of the Nigerian talented artists who has succeeded in impacting the Nigerian music industry. Till the point of his death, he was able to keep away from Instagram and other social media scandals and controversies. Sound Sultan’s net worth according to different reports is estimated to be $1.35 million.