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Sound Sultan reincarnates with friends 

By Chinonso Ihekire
16 July 2022   |   4:01 am
As the whole world recently remembers the late iconic ‘Naija Ninja,’ Olarenwaju Fasasi, professionally known as Sound Sultan, at the anniversary of his death, the foremost musician and activist returned from the great beyond with an inspiring didactic bop dubbed, Friends.

Sound Sultan

As the whole world recently remembers the late iconic ‘Naija Ninja,’ Olarenwaju Fasasi, professionally known as Sound Sultan, at the anniversary of his death, the foremost musician and activist returned from the great beyond with an inspiring didactic bop dubbed, Friends. The song, which was released by the deceased’s family and associates, was among some of the songs Sound Sultan was recording for his 9th studio album. 

Sound Sultan’s close friend and colleague has also announced that the album will be released in the coming months as his first posthumous compilation soundpiece. 

The Afro-pop record sees Sound Sultan remind people about the importance of friendship, as he sings about having friends to support one through life’s unending phases of struggles and breakthroughs. The music video for Friends, which was directed by the veteran, Adasa Cookey, also features appearances from fellow wavemakers such as Darey Art-Alade, Basketmouth, Funke Akindele, among others. 

When Nigerians thought conscious-but-groovy music had died with Fela Kuti, Sultan came into the scene at the start of the millennia with charged narratives that helped to promote progressive mindsets among Nigerians.

Most Nigerians would never forget Sound Sultan’s 2016 mega-hit, Motherland, which embodied his revolutionary life as an entertainer. Up until his latest studio album dubbed 8th Wondah, Sultan was a master satirist, who painted didactic and socio-conscious narratives with his infectious melodies.

Similarly, when corruption was on the rise, in 2011, he released Ole (One day the bush meat go catch the hunter), which must certainly have upset the people in high places at that time. Songs like the 2000 banger, Mathematics are perfect examples of his undying patriotism to Nigeria, where he taught Nigerians the only BODMAS that they needed to know: Brotherhood, Objectivity, Democracy, Modification, Accountability, and Solidarity. 

Sultan’s discography effortlessly became a compendium of real life experiences crafted to stir and steer consciences back to their default moralities. All his songs preached the value and importance of unity. The Naija Ninja also became a Universal Peace Federation ambassador and an advocate for a united Nigeria, inspiring many young people to not give up on the Nigerian dream.

Music lovers, activists and industry stakeholders who continue to remember the late Naija Ninja as a billboard for peace, unity and progressiveness, have mourned his demise globally. 

Friends is out across all digital platforms.