Buhari and AFRIMA mourn Nigerian songwriter Sound Sultan
Posted on 07/12/2021 at 8:21 p.m. by APA News
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari offered his condolences to the Fasasi family on the death of famous singer and songwriter Olanrewaju Fasasi, popularly known as Sound Sultan, who died in the United States on Sunday. According to the Fasasi family, the 44-year-old singer died after “a fierce battle with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma” and was buried Sunday in New Jersey, United States, according to Muslim rites.
In a statement Monday in Abuja by Presidential spokesman Mr. Femi Adesina, Buhari said the disappearance of Sound Sultan was not only a loss for the Nigerian music industry, but for the country in its own right. together.
“As a famous rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, he lived an exemplary life, achieved several stages in his career and greatly contributed to the development of the Nigerian music and entertainment industry thanks to his genius. artistry, creativity and talent, which has inspired many young Nigerians in the industry, ”part of the statement read.
“The deceased was kind, generous and deeply passionate about the country’s issues, which was reflected in his music and art, and as a huge basketball fan he made a significant contribution to the development of basketball. local in the country.
“The president prayed for the eternal rest of the soul of the deceased and for divine peace and comfort for family, friends and associates,” said the Nigerian leader.
Meanwhile, the All African Music Awards International Executive Committee (AFRIMA) also joined in the mourning of Nigerian song legend Olarenwaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi.
According to AFRIMA, Olarenwaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi was the best example of a shining star and a powerful voice in African music.
“His dedication to the craft was impossible to miss and on numerous occasions on the AFRIMA stage, Sound Sultan has connected the hearts of millions of Africans through music and has proven every time he is passionate about music. “AFRIMA said in a statement.
Speaking on behalf of AFRIMA, Chairman and Executive Producer Mike Dada noted that “The circle of life is said to be closed in death, but that says nothing about the heartbreak that comes with its end. Sound Sultan was a pioneer of contemporary African music and we are completely devastated by this loss.
“Beyond his roles as a brilliant performer and artist, Sound Sultan devoted himself to collaborations between African artists to promote African entertainment and unity, as reflected in the monumental role he played as studio coordinator for the AFRIMA festival; where artists from all over the continent would come to collaborate during the AFRIMA weekend in 2017 and 2018.
“On this day we remember his kindness, his humility, his dedication to simplicity, his contributions and his zeal for music and how that manifested in his sound. We remember her grace, her positivity, her joy, and how she always spread to those around her.
“On behalf of AFRIMA in partnership with the African Union Commission and the rest of Africa, we celebrate the life of a legend who left too soon. We also extend our sincere condolences to the family of Olarenwaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi.
“Your legacy and impact will continue to live on in our hearts,” said the statement signed by Mike Dada, Executive Producer, AFRIM and Ernest Ewane Egnon, Regional Director, Central Africa.