As the world recently remembers the late iconic “Naija Ninja”, Olarenwaju Fasasi, professionally known as Sound Sultan, on the anniversary of his death, the greatest musician and activist returned from the afterlife with an inspiring didactic bop dubbed Friends. The song, which was released by the family and associates of the deceased, was among some of the songs Sound Sultan was recording for their 9th studio album.
The close friend and colleague of Sound Sultan also announced that the album will be released in the coming months as his first posthumous compilation track.
The Afro-pop record sees Sound Sultan remind people of the importance of friendship, as he sings about having friends to support him through life’s endless phases of struggles and breakthroughs. The Friends clip, directed by veteran Adasa Cookey, also features appearances from fellow wave makers like Darey Art-Alade, Basketmouth, Funke Akindele, among others.
When Nigerians thought conscious but groovy music was dead with Fela Kuti, Sultan came into the picture at the turn of the millennia with charged narratives that helped foster progressive mindsets among Nigerians.
Most Nigerians will never forget Sound Sultan’s 2016 mega hit, Motherland, which epitomizes his groundbreaking life as an artist. Until his latest studio album titled 8th Wondah, Sultan was a master satirist, painting didactic and socially conscious narratives with his infectious melodies.
Likewise, as corruption was on the rise, in 2011 he released Ole (Someday the Bushmeat Shall Catch the Hunter), which must have upset the high places at that time. Songs like the banger 2000, Mathematics are perfect examples of his undying patriotism towards Nigeria, where he taught Nigerians the only BODMAS they needed to know: Brotherhood, Objectivity, Democracy, Modification, Responsibility and Solidarity.
Sultan’s discography has effortlessly become a compendium of real-life experiences designed to stir and return consciences to their default moral values. All of his songs preached the value and importance of unity. The Naija Ninja has also become an ambassador for the Universal Peace Federation and an advocate for a united Nigeria, inspiring many young people not to give up on the Nigerian dream.
Music lovers, activists and industry players who continue to remember the late Naija Ninja as a billboard for peace, unity and progress, mourned his passing around the world.
Friends is available on all digital platforms.