Popular Nigerian singer and songwriter, Olanrewaju Fasasi, better known as Sound Sultan, has died after a long battle with cancer.
His death was announced in a statement on Sunday morning by his family.
According to the family, Sound Sultan died of Angioimmunoblastic T-cell Lymphoma
Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma is a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which is a group of related malignancies (cancers) that affect the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is said to function as part of the immune system and helps to protect the body against infections and diseases.
A a member of the deceased’s family, Kayode Fasasi, said on Sunday, “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of multitalented veteran singer, rapper, songwriter Olanrewaju Fasasi a.k.a Soundsulatan.
“He passed away at the age of 44 following a hard fought battle with Angiommunoblastic T-cell lymphoma. He is survived by his wife three children and his siblings.”
In May, there were reports had that the singer was flown out of Nigeria to the US for chemotherapy following his diagnosis.
Sound Sultan later expressed gratitude to his well-wishers, promising he would tell the story of his struggles himself.
Regarded as one of the pioneers of hip-hop music in Nigeria, the 44-year-old musician remained relevant in the industry more than 20 years after launching his music career.
His career in the show business started in the 90s when he hosted shows to raise money for studio sessions.
By 1999, he had won numerous local talent-hunt shows.
Under Kennis Music, Sound Sultan did four albums. As his contract with the label expired in 2007, he partnered with Baba Dee to start Naija Ninjas, a parent organisation for a record label, production outfit and clothing line.
Sound Sultan worked in different music genres from R&B to Afrobeat, soul, and Nigerian Fuji music. Under Naija Ninjas, he released ‘Back From The Future’ (2010) and signed Karma Da Rapper, Young GreyC, Shawn, and Blacka.
The rapper started working with Wyclef Jean after he featured alongside 2face Idibia and Faze on ‘Proud to be African’ from Wyclef’s ‘Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101’ album. They later collaborated on two other projects.
In 2012, Sound Sultan was made a UN Ambassador for Peace for his exemplary life and career.
Kunle Remmy speaks on Gulder Ultimate Search ahead of contestants unveiling
Nollywood actor, Kunle Remmy, has reacted to his new role as the taskmaster for the upcoming Gulder Ultimate Search.
The alumnus of GUS, in a statement, said he can’t wait for the show to debut in few weeks as organisers unveil contestants on Sunday, September 26, 2021.
“It’s going to be so big and loud, I have no doubt that the contestants are up to something big,” says Kunle, the taskmaster for GUS 12, who was also part of the regional screening that led to the selection of the 20 finalists.
Remmy has established himself as a Nollywood actor after emerging a winner of the Gulder Ultimate Search in 2010 winner. The athletic-framed actor takes over as the taskmaster from his older colleagues, Bob Manuel Udokwu, and Chidi Mokeme.
The contestants reveal for GUS 12 – ‘The Age of Craftsmanship’ will hold at a selection party in Lagos.
Organisers say more than 20,000 applicants registered for the show via the GUS portal.
They were whittled down to 20 finalists after the regional screenings held in Enugu, Lagos and Abuja and the Sea School screening in Lagos.
The screening committee will select 16 contestants from the 20 finalists, while the public will vote two to join them.
GUS returns after a seven-year hiatus, and fans went wild with comments when organisers announced its return on September 1, 2021.
Davido swears to immortalise late photographer
Singer Davido has vowed to immortalise his late personal photographer, late Fortunate Umunname Peter aka Fortune.
Fortune, who died on Tuesday, September, 21, was said to have drowned at a location in Lagos while trying to get the perfect camera angle during a shoot.
Expressing unbelief over the reality of his photographer’s demise, Davido noted he was one who was completely dedicated to serving him maximally as his page can attest to that.
The “Dem” singer wrote: “@fortunateumunname …..I can’t believe you’re gone. Since we met u never left my side for one day… Your page says it all. You really were all about me like nothing else truly mattered.”
Still expressing how surreal Fortune’s passing was seeing they still had many things they planned to do together, Davido revealed he transitioned from being just a stranger to a his close confidant in a very while adding the deceased was stuck with everywhere just to ensure he captured every moment.
He wrote: “You went from a complete stranger to one of my closest confidants within weeks. There is nowhere I entered that your lens didn’t enter. I can’t even believe I’m writing a tribute to you right now wtf we still had so much to do.”
The 30BG boss expressed regret that the deceased didn’t afford him the opportunity to fulfil the remaining of his promises to him.
Davido wrote: “Your workshops. Your studios, Trips. Shows. Scenes. Moments. all of it. I can’t believe you didn’t give me the chance to fulfil the rest of my promises to you. My heart is so heavy right now and I’m just grateful I met you.”
The father of three described his late aide as the best kid and a rare breed adding, he appreciated the fact that they were able to create iconic moments while travelling the world together.
Noting he was irreplaceable, Davido further pledged to immortalise him.
He wrote: “You are irreplaceable and you are gone but I will make sure you are never forgotten! I swear it! This next one’s for you! RIP Lil bro. Love you forever. #ForruneShotItAll.”
Davido breaks silence on photographer’s death
Davido has broken his silence on the death of his official photographer, Fortune Umunname.
In a condolence message to his late personal photographer who passed on three days ago, the award-winning singer noted that he couldn’t believe he would have to write a tribute nor lose him to death.
The 30BG leader took to his Instagram to share a picture of the late photographer, and another of himself and Fortunate together.
“Fortune @fortunateumunname ….. I can’t believe you’re gone. Since we met u never left my side. for one day… Your page says it all.
*You really were all about me like nothing else mattered. You went from a complete stranger to one of my closest confidants within weeks,” he wrote.
He went further to eulogise the late photographer saying, “There is nowhere I entered that you and your lens didn’t enter. I can’t even believe I’m writing a tribute to you right now wtf we still had so much more to do. Your workshops. Your studios. Trips. Shows. Scenes. Moments. All of it.
“I can’t believe you didn’t give me the chance to fulfill the rest of my promises to you. My heart is so heavy right now and I’m just so grateful I met you. You truly were the best kid.
“A rare breed and I’m so grateful that we got to travel the world and create so many iconic moments with you.
“You are irreplaceable and you are gone now but I will make sure you are never forgotten! I swear it! This next one’s for you! RIP lil bro. Love you forever,” the post reads.
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