Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Sound Sultan

Sound Sultan (born November 27, 1976) is a Nigerian rapper, singer-songwriter, actor, comedian and recording artist, better known by his stage name Sound Sultan. He is regarded as one of the pacesetters of modern hip hop music in Nigeria.

 Sound Sultan was born Olanrewaju Fasasi as the fourth child amongst six children to Fasasi Liadi Alarape (Father) and Fasasi Adeyinka Ajarat (Mother). He attended Stepping Stone Nursery and Primary(1981-1987) school before moving to Federal Government College Ogbomosho(1988-1993) to attain his secondary school education before acquiring a degree in Geography and Regional Planning from Lagos State University in 1999 By 1991, Sound Sultan started taking a keen interest in music, miming at school parties and writing his own lyrics. He attributes his early influence to his elder brother Baba Dee who studied Theatre Arts. Most of his early stage experience was gotten through Baba Dee’s influence  He started learning how to play the Guitar after his secondary school education, by 1999 he already a band.

Sound Sultan’s career in show business started professionally in the 90’s. He started hosting shows in order to raise money for studio sessions. The most prominent show he emceed was a talent show that discovered the likes of P-Square and Mr. Raw Nwanne. By 1999 he had won numerous local talent hunt shows, then he released his first single Jagbajantis in 2000 which went on to be an instant hit and a classic song in Nigeria. After independently releasing other singles and featuring in hit songs of other artists he got signed by Kennis Music.Under kennis Music, he released four albums. By 2007, his contract with kennis expired July 9, 2008) then he teamed up with his brother Baba Dee to start “Naija Ninjas” which is a franchise that parents a record label, production outfit and a clothing line.

 He is reputed for having several style and genre of music. After starting of a rapper, he has switched from R&B, Afrobeats, Soul and Fuji. He believes that genre isn’t a criterion for judging an artist, rather the form of message that is conveyed in the music is what matters Under Naija Ninjas he released “Back From The Future”(2010) and signed a couple of artists such as Karma Da Rapper, Young GreyC, Shawn and Blacka Sound Sultan has built a strong relationship with renowned International artist Wyclef Jean. Their working relationship started from when he was featured alongside 2 face Idibia and faze on a song from wyclef’s

“Welcome to Haiti; Creole 101” album titled “proud to be African”. They have both gone ahead to collaborate on two other projects; King of My Country(2009) and People Bad (2012) In 2012, it was announced that Sound sultan was made a UN ambassador for peace because of his exemplary lifestyle and career

Sound Sultan is a devoted Muslim. In 2009, he married long-term girlfriend Chichi Morah who was a Christian and who is from the Igbo ethnic tribe. She has since converted to Islam after getting married and adopted the Islamic name “Farida”
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