Former Chairman of Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Rivers State chapter, Mr Robin Maja (The Farms) has paid tribute to late singer and song writer, Olanrewaju Fasasi, popularly known as Sound Sultan who died recently in America as a result of throat cancer.
Robin Mama, who spoke with The Tide recently described Sound Sultan as one of the pace setters of modern hiphop music in Nigeria. He noted that Sound Sultan’s demise had left a big vacuum in the Nigerian music industry. He stated that Sound Sultan was a talented, resourceful and enterprising musician, who had contributed immensely to the growth and development of the Nigerian music industry.
The former PMAN boss prayed God to give the late singer eternal rest as he prayed God to grant Sound Sultan’s family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
Sound Sultan, born Olanrewaju Fasasi, was a Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, comedian and recording artiste. He was regarded as one of the pace setters of modern hiphop music in Nigeria. In 1991 he had taken an interest in music, mining at school parties and writing his own lyrics. He attributed his early stage experience through Baba Dee qe he started learning how to play the guitar after his secondary education and was in a band in 1999.
Sound Sultan’s career in showbiz started in the 1990s when he hosted show to raise money for studio sessions, by 1999 he had won numerous local talent hunt shows. He released his first single “Jagbajantis” in 2000 which was a hit in Nigeria. After independently releasing other works he was signed by Kennis Music. He released four album. By 2007 his contract with the label expired and he partnered with Baba Dee to start Naija Ninjas, a parent organisation for a record label production, outfit and clothing line.
After starting as a rapper, he has worked in different musical genres from RnB to Afrobeat, Soul and Nigerian Fuji music. He had said artistes should not be judged on the genre in which they perform, that the important thing was the message conveyed in the music. Under Naija Ninjas he released ‘Back From The Future’ (2010) and signed artistes such as Karma Da Rapper Young Greya Shawn and Black’s.
Sound Sultan began a working relation slip with Wyclef Jean when featured alongside 2face Idibia and Faze on proud to be African from Wyclef’s welcome to Haiti Creole 101 album. They have collaborated 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 for his exemplary life style and career. In 2015, Sound Sultan released the rap single, ‘Remember’, after a long absence from the music scene.
After a fallout of African Basketball league, Sound Sultan joined forces with the organisers of the continental Basketball league to become a team owner of Lagos City Stars, the 2017 champions and a facilitator of the league entertainment. Sound Sultan featured on the Honorebels 2019 single ‘Bridal’, with Joe EL.
By: Jacob Obinna
Reno Omokri Writes Open Letter To BBNaija Enthusiasts
Reno Omokri has written an open letter to BBNaija enthusiasts.
In his letter, the former presidential aide asked ardent followers of the reality TV show to campaign for their businesses as much as they campaign for housemates who do not know them.
His letter reads
‘’Dear #BBNaija enthusiasts,
You see how you campaign for that housemate? Good. Campaign for your success like that. Instead of selling a housemate you don’t know and who does not know you, to me, use that time and energy to sell a product you can profit from to me. Do not be afraid of business or think that it is wrong to make a profit. It is not wickedness for lions to kill and eat antelopes. It is life’s natural order. Don’t be sentimental in business. Set your price competitively. Make your profit. Don’t exploit customers. But dont cheat yourself. A lion that does not kill will itself be killed!’’
A review Of Tiwa Savage’s Water & Garri EP
Nigerian multiple award-winning artist Tiwa Savage returns with a brand new extended play “Water & Garri. This comes less than a year after the release of her critically acclaimed third studio album “Celia”.
Water & Garri, a five-track body of work features Grammy Awards winner and veteran rapper, Nas, singer Brandy, the Nigerian underground artist Rich King and Alte singer and soul music stunner, Tay Iwar.
Since her return to Nigeria in 2012, Tiwa Savage has raised the bar for female artists. She embodied the almost frowned on sex symbol attribute in the music industry, her music is filled with flirting words and expressions. No wonder when she called herself African bad gyal, no one disputed the assertion.
Garri is a staple food among Nigerians, water is used to take or make Garri. The title as used in this context refers to her mashed style and global collaboration. She sticks to her heartfelt style in the course of making this album.
Tiwa Savage infused Rnb/Soul with Afro-fusion. The end product is a 19 minutes run of music with themes detailing heartbreak, love, hard work, perseverance, etc.
Nas and Rich King were on the opening track “Work Fada”, the pensive and reflective song preaches hard work and perseverance with Nas almost going preachy in his thought-provoking verse.
The six minutes long track is the perfect opener to the avarde garde album, who opens an EP with this type of lengthy play? Only Tiwa Savage could do such, the theme is distinct and it’s a well-calculated risk.
In 2016, Tiwa Savage’s marriage with talent manager Teebliz hit the rock. Five years later, she seems set to speak her truth. She reveals a little on the Interlude on her last album—Celia. On Water & Garri, Tiwa Savage dedicates two tracks to that ugly incident.
Ade Ori is a soft-light take on past relationships/marriage. She is now independent while she is hopeful about future handling. The lyrics drip with pain and regretful lines.
Tale by Moonlight was a popular weekly storied program on national television. Tiwa Savage details her fairy tale love expectations on this soulful 90s house music. Even though she flirts and gushing about the guy, she is cautious. Amaarae’s whispery vocals compliment Tiwa Savage’s flirt takes.
Seven years ago, American artist Brandy visited Nigeria. At a press conference before her performance at Classic FM Valentine show, she revealed she loved Tiwa Savage’s vocals, she liked it to a 14-year-old. Unknown to her, Tiwa Savage considered the Grammy Winner her role model and one of the reasons she is into music.
When they finally collaborate on “Somebody’s Son”, it is a perfect blend of two songstresses.
They complement one another, Brandy even sings in Yoruba. This track is one of the up-tempo songs on the EP. Its production is filled with Drums and mellow strings. Somebody’s son retains the themes of Ade Ori: it pleads for reciprocal love.
Tay Iwar and Tiwa Savage jointly closed the EP with a rollercoaster of deep expressive expressions. The horn-filled disco makes it sounds like a potential track for a Friday night out.
Veteran producer Pharell Williams called this project a classic but the fans failed to realize his caveat of it not becoming commercially viable. Tiwa Savage is unbothered if her recent promotional talks are anything to go by.
Water & Garri explores Tiwa Savage Rnb/Soul forte with an infusion of Afro-fusion, the EP is a dart between hope and despair. The production is pristine, however, the songwriting is underwhelming.
The featured artists almost overshadowed her. Although it’s obvious that this project is destined for the international market, the collaborations could have been lesser.
Wizkid Makes History As ‘Essence’ BeComes Most Shazam Song In US
Nigerian singer, Wizkid has made history in the United States.
The Grammy award-winning superstar made the history with his hit single ‘Essence.’
The 31-year-old father of three registered his name on the book of musical history when ‘Essence’ was announced the most Shazam song in the United States of America.
Apple-owned Shazam, through its Instagram account, announced Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ as the most Shazamed song in the country.
The app, which is used to identify music and TV shows by listening to a short sample of their audio, posted a pictured Wizkid with the caption: ”Big Congrats to @wizkidayo!! #Essence is now the most Shazamed song in the United States.”
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