Lanre Fasasi, popularly known as Sound Sultan, was a popular Nigerian musician and actor whose music dominated the airwaves in the 2000s.
Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma claimed the life of the 44-year-old multi-talented artist. On Sunday, his family released a statement announcing his death.
“It is with sad hearts that we announce the death of multitalented veteran singer, rapper, and song composer Olanrewaju Fasasi nicknamed Sound Sultan,” according to the statement. After a long fight with Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma, he died away at the age of 44.
“His wife, three children, and siblings survive him. As we come to terms with his terrible death, we, his family, would appreciate the greatest privacy.”
Efe Omoregbe, a music producer and manager, announced his death in an Instagram post.
“My brother Sound Sultan, may you rest in peace. He wrote, “You will live eternally in our hearts.”
When rumors of his fight with throat cancer first surfaced in May of this year, his family and close colleagues quickly refuted it, claiming that he was in the United States but not suffering from throat cancer.
“He is in America, but he is not suffering from throat cancer. Later, Sound Sultan would refute the rumor himself. One of his colleagues remarked, “His line isn’t accessible.”
Sultan, on the other hand, broke his quiet and hinted to health concerns in an Instagram post to commemorate Eid al-Fitri in May.
“Eid Mubarak to my beautiful Muslim brothers and sisters,” he added. May Allah accept our fasting as a kind of Ibadah.”
“I cannot not disregard the huge display of love,” the ‘Jagbajantis’ singer stated in response to concerns concerning his health. Thank you all so much. I’ll give you my own tale, and it’ll be true, not false.”
The narrative turned out to be accurate, despite the fact that the multi-talented artist did not survive to tell it.
Sultan, who was born Olanrewaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi on November 27, 1976, was a pioneer in Nigerian hip hop music. The artiste, who credits his early influences to his older brother Baba Dee, who studied theatre arts, developed an interest in music while miming at school parties and composing his own songs. After finishing secondary school, he began learning to play the guitar and was in a band by 1999.
His show business career began in the 1990s, when he presented concerts to earn funds for studio sessions.
In the year 2000, he launched his debut song, “Jagbajantis,” which became a success in Nigeria. He was signed by Kennis Music after independently releasing other singles and appearing in successful songs by other singers. He recorded four albums under the company. By 2007, his contract with the label had ended, and he teamed up with Baba Dee to form Naija Ninjas, a parent company that includes a musical label, production business, and apparel line.
In 2009, he married his long-time fiancée Chichi Morah, who is now known as Farida Fasasi, and the couple has three children.