Olanrewaju Fasasi known as Sound Sultan might have gone to meet his maker but he was one of the rare superstars who used his songs to speak for the masses.
With his songs, Sound Sultan protested corruption, oppression, poverty, terrible governance, and social injustice.
Sound Sultan rose to prominence in the early 2000s after releasing his first single, “Jagbajantis,” which was an instant hit in Nigeria.
He was signed by Kennis Music after releasing a number of tracks independently and appearing in hit songs by other artists.
He released his first studio album, “Kpseeeeeeew,” in 2001. He released his eighth (and final) studio album, “8th Wondah,” four years after his 2016 album “Out of The Box.”
Many of his songs dealt with societal themes as they related to the hardships that the country was facing at the time.
At the age of 44, the trailblazing singer, rapper, and composer passed away on July 11, 2021, after a hard-fought battle with Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma, a rare type of cancer.
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Mp3bullet.ng has compiled a list of our favourite Sound Sultan throwback songs to honour his legacy.
This song is dedicated to “all his brothers wey don ja comot for naija,” according to the “Jagbajantis” singer. “No matter where you go, don’t forget about area!” he adds. “There is no place like home,” says the Sound sultan.
He emphasized the need of returning home for those travellers who are locked on one path in search of green pastures
This was released in 2016 from the Album, Out Of The Box.
With the classic lyric “Eba mi ki ole,” Sound Sultan talks about the reversed situation in the song which features 2face Idibia and W4 in which he sings “one day, the bushmeat will catch the hunter.”
In this track, he refers to the general public as bushmeat and Nigerian politicians as hunters.
This smash-hit came from the album Bush Meat, which was released in 2011.
Released in 2013, “Natural Something” is sung from the POV of a man who is addicted to women and can’t seem to stop spending money on them. The catch song was a hit at the time of its release.
2010 ft M.I Abaga
This conscious track named “2010” (Light Up) featuring M.I Abaga was released in 2010 and talks about the government’s false promises to deliver power by 2010.
Addressing the lack of stable electricity in Nigeria and the failure of elected leaders to fix the issue, Sultan wishes to show his people to promise land and be like Moses but those who tried it have been 6ft down.
While most of his songs dealt with social issues, this one encouraged plus-size ladies to embrace their bodies. It was released in 2013 as part of the album 51 Lex and featured Excel.
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The classic, which became a street song in 2000, continues to be well-liked today. If you grew up in the 2000s, you can’t deny that this song was an anthem at the time.
In the song, He sang about societal difficulties such as poor education, corruption, ineptness, and poverty. He questioned and chastised politicians.
He described the term BODMAS in his own terms in this song.
B stands for Brotherhood
O stands for Objectivity
D stands for Democracy
M stands for Modification
A stands for Accountability
S stands for Solidarity
Kokose ft Wizkid
This was released in 2013 from the album Me, My Mouth & Eye, “Kokose” which features Wizkid is a groovy tune that has one dancing.
This is a re-imagining of Fela’s legendary song. It’s a crazy world out there, and the streets are absolutely insane!
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With thought-provoking and intelligent lyrics, the song tells a story about the situation of the country. Sound Sultan performed in a mix of Pidgin and English, comparing Nigeria to a jungle, “some dey work all the job, some chop till belle full.”