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LAGOS STATE GOVT TO SPONSOR ANNUAL FESTAC MUSIC FESTIVAL IN HONOUR OF SOUND SULTAN

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : February 5th, 2022

The Lagos State government has said it will henceforth sponsor FESTAC Music Festival which was initiated by the late Iseyin born singer and songwriter, Olanrewaju Fasasi, popularly known as Sound Sultan.

Sound Sultan died on July 11, 2021, at the age of 44 after battling Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma.

The Lagos State government who were also at the third edition of the FESTAC Music Festival and the first held after the singer’s death, the Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Solomon Bonu, said the singer’s vision of raising young talents will be kept alive, Push News 24 International reports.

Festac Town is a federal housing estate located along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway in Lagos State, Nigeria. Its name is derived from the acronym FESTAC, which stands for Second World African Festival of Arts and Culture that was held there in 1977. It is also important to know that festac is under Amuwo-Odofin local government area in Lagos.

Sound Sultan was a Nigerian rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, comedian, and recording artist. He was regarded as one of the pacesetters of modern hip hop music in Nigeria. He was notable for using his music to speak against poverty, corruption, bad governance and societal ills in Nigeria.

In a recent report the Lagos Tourism boss added that the state saw the need to support the vision, through a company in which he has equity – Naija Ninja Production, to develop more creative minds and take interested youths off the streets.

He informed participants at the event that FESTAC Music Festival, supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, will hold annually for four days every December.

The Festival Director and Chief Executive of Naija Ninja Production, Mr Dare Fasasi, popularly known as Baba Dee, who is Sound Sultan’s elder brother, thanked the state government for the recognition accorded the festival in furtherance of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s vision to enhance the skills of young, creative and talented Lagosians.

Fasasi noted that the Festac Music Festival was held as a tribute to the late Sound Sultan, featuring top Nigerian entertainers łike Kenny Blaq, Vector, Jaywon, Tome, Faze and a host of other musicians.

FESTAC Music Festival is tailored after the Black Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC 77) and it is held annually at FESTAC Town with support from Amuwo-Odofin Local Government as well as some private organisations.

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