Sound Sultan, a Nigerian legendary musician and UN Peace Ambassador dies at 44

Olanrewaju Fasasi popularly known as Sound Sultan has died after battling Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma.

He is the founder of Naija Ninjas music recording label, an investor in Lagos Islander basketball club, and he remains one of the pioneers of socio-relatable music in Nigeria that many will always resonate with.

His death was disclosed in a statement signed by Dr. Kayode Fasasi on behalf of the Fasasi family. And it read:

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

“He passed away at the age of 44 following a hard-fought battle with Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma“He is survived by his wife, three children and his siblings.

“We, his family will appreciate the utmost privacy as we come to grips with this tragic loss.”

Before everyone was shocked by this sad news, the Jagbajantis crooner was diagnosed with cancer in May and was said to be in the United States undergoing treatment.

A Personal Experience with Olanrewaju Fasasi “Sound Sultan”

I would use his name and not the popular “Sound Sultan” because of a personal experience I had with him 6 years ago.

I was introduced to Fasasi by one of his artistes, Blackah, on  9 October 2015 in a basketball court at FESTAC, Lagos State. 

His humility was up in the clouds as I got in his space. Fasasi, was the very man that would have got me my first Felabration performance as a dancer to be on stage with his artiste.

It felt great meeting him and later riding his hoverboard at Golden Tulip while we rehearsed for Blackah’s “Mana Style” music video featuring Yung L, and Iyanya shot by Paul Gambit.

Before meeting Fasasi, I’ve been greatly inspired as a child by his unwavering drive to succeed in life, trying one hustle to another, to finding where you completely fit in. 

Many also know that, before the “Sound” there was a comedian who puts laughter on everyone’s face.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.

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