Popular Nigerian musician, Olanrewaju Fasasi, popularly known as Sound Sultan has been buried according to Muslim traditional rites at a private ceremony in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
Sound Sultan died in the early hours of Sunday, at a hospital in the US, at the age of 44 after a long battle with Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL), also known as throat cancer.
Nigerians in the entertainment industry and beyond took to their social media pages to grieve over his death and pay him tributes.
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, described the death of the Oyo State-born singer, as a huge loss to the state and the entertainment world.
Makinde, in a statement issued in Ibadan by his Special Assistant on Print Media, Mr. Moses Alao, commiserated with the immediate family of the deceased, saying he was a great ambassador of the state.
“Sound Sultan left the world at a young age of 44, but he made his mark and left strong messages for the Nigerian society through various songs with thematic preoccupations that centre on politics, commitment and service to fatherland, among others”, the statement read.
His brother and musician, Baba Dee, in an Instagram post on Sunday written in Arabic, said: “To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return.”
Weird Mc said, “This one hit real hard. I’m numb, but I choose to remember the joyful times and the continuous unveiling of your God-given artistry. I choose not to mourn because you’ve gone back home to our father in heaven.
”Lanre, rest well. Lord, thank you as you receive your son. It was such a huge honour to have met and experienced you. Rest in peace, my friend.”
RMD said, “Did you know when you wished me happy birthday three days earlier than usual that you won’t have the strength to do it a day later? ”Words would never be enough, my brother. Love you Man”
Tunde Ednut in his tribute wrote, “We were all born to die. Be good while you’re still on earth. No one leaves this world alive. Settle problems with those who are ready to settle with you. There’s nothing in this world, Be good.”
The musician who became popular In 2000, after he released his first song “Mathematics (Jagbajantis)” is survived by a wife, three children and his siblings.
In May, there were several online reports that the singer was diagnosed with throat cancer and claimed he was already in the United States receiving treatment.
However, his family did not respond to the reports. Sound Sultan would later break his silence on Instagram telling his fans that he would tell the true story himself at the appropriate time.
Sound Sultan, a rapper, singer, songwriter, actor and comedian, was regarded as one of the pacesetters of modern hip hop music in Nigeria and was notable for using his music to speak against poverty, corruption, bad governance and societal ills in Nigeria.
He launched his music career in the 1990s with his first hit, “Jagbajantis” in 2000 after which Kennis Music signed him.
He went ahead to release other tracks and albums, as well as appearing in hit songs by other singers and released his eight album, ‘8th World Wonder’ in May 2020.