13th October, 2021
Nigerian singer-songwriter, Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua, popularly known as Seyi Shay has spoken on how late music legend, Olanrewaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi, popularly known as Sound Sultan convinced her to relocate to Nigeria.
Sheyi Shay who spoke with Chude Jideonwo on #WithChude also discussed her relationship with Sound Sultan as well as her journey through the Nigerian music industry on the programme.
Reminiscing on how she met the music legend, Seyi Shay said she bumped into Sound Sultan at the recording studio of a music producer named Doc Def. According to her, Sound Sultan was playing his music to Doc Def and she was blown away by the ingenuity of it.
Seyi Shey said she commented on his music and they hit it off from there.
She added that by the end of their conversation, Sound Sultan had listened to her music, learnt that she had been part of a girl band that had recently broken up and promised that he would get her an investor so Seyi Shay could come to Nigeria to do her music- which he did.
He connected Seyi Shay with Cecil Hammond of Flytime Productions, one of the biggest promotional companies in Nigeria’s history, and the singer-songwriter relocated to Nigeria to explore music in Nigeria.
During her first year in Nigeria, Sound Sultan became more than a friend and a mentor, he became family. Sharing this Seyi Shay said, “I lived with Sultan for a year, I lived with him in Festac- him and his wife. It was a great experience.
“He was my mentor, one of my best friends. We co-worked together. And actually, at some point, it became less about music and more about just friendship. He was like my small daddy kind of. And when I started getting into trouble in the industry, he was like my bailout and my defender.”
“He was very, very close to me. And his wife became like my small mommy. You know, it was just magical- like a very amazing time spent with him.”
Despite the painfulness of his death, Seyi Shay is glad that she “got to know him on that level” and to her, “he is still around.”