Born 27th of November, 1976, Lanre Fasasi, popularly known as Sound Sultan was a Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, comedian, and recording artist.
He was considered one of the pacesetters of modern hip hop music in Nigeria. Also well known for using his music to speak against poverty, corruption, bad governance and societal ills in Nigeria.
Lanre Fasasi was born to the family of Mr and Mrs Fasasi Liadi Alarape. He had five siblings, which includes Baba Dee, a graduate of Theatre Arts.
The entertainer was a graduate of Lagos State University, from where he studied Geography and Regional Planning and graduated in 1999.
In 1999, Sound had won several local talent hunt shows, which contributed to the release of his debut single titled: “Jagbajantis” in the year 2000.
Following the release of the single, the singer went on to release other hit songs and also worked with some of his label mates.
Sultan was signed to the record label Kennis Music at the time up till 2007 when his contract with Kennis expired.
The singer later started q his own record label called Naija Ninjas with his brother, Baba Dee.
The singer was acquainted with Haitian Rapper/Actor Nel Ust Wyclef Jean.
Sultan sang together with Nigerian singers like Faze and 2face Idibia in Wyclef’s song “Welcome to Haiti: Creole 101”.
He also featured Wyclef on two other songs titled: “People Bad” (2012) and “King of My Country” (2009).
Late Singer, Lanre Fasasi, had encouraged Nigerians to celebrate people while they were alive, this happens to be his last appeal on his Instagram page before he died on Sunday.
Sound Sultan said it was important to give accolades to people while they were alive instead of after death.
In a statement released by his brother, Mr Kayode Fasasi, on behalf of the family, Sound Sultan died at the age of 44.
The statement noted that the late singer and songwriter was survived by his wife, three children and his siblings.
The statement read: “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Multi-talented veteran singer, rapper, songwriter, Onlanrewaju Fasasi a.k.a Sound Sultan.
“He passed away at the age of 44 following a hard-fought battle with “Angioimmunoblastic T-cell Lymphoma(AITL)”.
What You Should Know About AITL
AITL is a type of peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL) that is medically characterized by high fever and generalized lymphadenopathy.
Approximately 40-50% of patients have cutaneous involvement. As the disorder progresses, hepatosplenomegaly, hemolytic anaemia, and polyclonal hypergammaglobulinemia may also develop.
In one series, symptoms of AITL include high fever, night sweats, skin rash, and autoimmune disorders such as autoimmune hemolytic anaemia (AIHA) and immune thrombocytopenia (ITP).
Due to these autoimmune disorders, the body’s immune system attacks its cells and tissues, such as red blood cells (AIHA) or platelets (ITP). Patients are usually aged 40-90 years.
On May 12, 2021, it was reported that Sound Sultan was somewhere in America receiving chemotherapy as he was reportedly diagnosed with throat cancer (Angioimmunoblastic T-cell Lymphoma). He died July 11, at the age of 44 as a result of complications from the illness.
“He is survived by his wife, three children and his siblings. We, his family appreciate the utmost privacy as we come to grips with this tragic loss.”
Sound Sultan’s appeal was in tune with Patoranking’s latest single: “Celebrate Me”, which also called on people to give all essential accolades whilst people were still alive and not when they are dead.
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