Award-winning Nigerian singer and actor Olanrewaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi popularly known as Sound Sultan has been confirmed dead after a battle with cancer.
The veteran singer passed away at the age of 44 on Sunday, July 11, 2021, according to a Family statement.
“IT IS WITH HEAVY HEARTS THAT WE ANNOUNCE THE PASSING OF MULTITALENTED VETERAN SINGER, RAPPER, SONGWRITER OLANREWAJU FASASI A.K.A SOUNDSULTAN,” a part of the statement said.
According to the statement, Sound Sultan died after “a hard fought battle with Angioimmunoblastic T-cell Lymphoma,” a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which is a group of related malignancies (cancers) that affect the lymphatic system (lymphomas), according to NORD’s rarediseases.org.
Sound Sultan is survived by his wife, three children and his siblings.
Another part of the statement pleads with the public to respect the privacy of the family as they mourn this tragic loss. The statement was signed by Dr. Kayode Fasasi on behalf of the Fasasi family.
Who is Sound Sultan?
Sound Sultan was a rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, comedian and basketball club co-owner. He started his career in show business in the 90s when he hosted shows to raise money for studio sessions. He released his debut single “Jagbajantis” in 2000, which became an instant hit in Nigeria.
After independently releasing other singles and featuring in hit songs of other artists, he was signed by Kennis Music under which he released four albums. 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.
In 2012, it was announced that Sound Sultan was made a UN Ambassador for Peace for his exemplary lifestyle and career. In 2015, he released the rap single “Remember” after a long absence from the music scene.
After the fallout of the African Basketball League, he 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.