Sound Sultan Was Passionate About Nigeria -Gbenga Adeyinka
Veteran standup comedian and master compere, Gbenga Adeyinka, has described the late Lanre Fasasi, popularly known as Sound Sultan as a gentleman, who was passionate about Nigeria and preached for change with his craft.
Sound Sultan died on Sunday morning in the United States where he was being treated for throat cancer. Gbenga Adeyinka, who joined other Nigerian celebrities to mourn the ‘Jagbajantis’ crooner wrote on his Instagram page that Nigeria has lost a rare gem.
“Sound Sultan was one of the true greats. I first met his brother Babadee in my early Ibadan days when he released “Domitila” as a student in UI.
“He (Lanre) shocked me when we first met over 2 decades ago at AIT for one of the early Kennis Music EASTER Fiesta. He had just released his monster of a hit JAGBAJANTIS and was billed to perform. I introduced myself to him and told him I knew his elder brother. We were gusting and all of a sudden I just looked round and didn’t see him. I just assumed that he had gone to smoke something (or gone to ginger his swagger like they say) but I discovered he sneaked away to observe his afternoon prayers and he has been like that through the ages. He didn’t smoke or consume alcohol.
“He was passionate about Nigeria and preached for change through his artform.
Lanre was as humble as they come. He didn’t change and would always bend backwards to accommodate others.
“He came for my annual Concert Laffmattazz with Gbenga Adeyinka and friends and members of my team always say he was one of the few that did not play “DIVA”.
“He was probably one of the most versatile people in the business. He was a wordsmith (I called him the Rhyme lord), he was a rapper, Event Compere (handled a lot of STAR EVENTS back in the days), a conscience musician, a poet, a basketballer per excellence, a film producer(he produced a movie that did well in the Cinemas), he did a Broadway type production at the Terra Culture but above all he was a decent, VERY DECENT human being.
“Nigeria has lost a gem, the world has lost an angel. Rest in peace my friend, LANRE the SSS Super Sound Sultan…”