The Festac Music Festival, a registered franchise of Naija Ninja Music, started in 2017 to celebrate young talent and foster relationships and unity in the community.
The fourth edition, which held on December 30, 2021, had a more special memory as it was done in honour of the late singer, Sound Sultan, who passed away on July 11, 2021.
Sound Sultan, the talented creative who used his music to address social issues and correct society’s ills, died of Angioimmunoblastic T-cell Lymphoma (AITL). He was buried the same day in Brooklyn, New York. He was 44 years old.
In the early 2000s, the Nigerian hip-hop music scene was dominated by music artistes from Festac, a semi-middle class community in Amuwo-Odofin LGA.
Baba Dee, Sound Sultan, Azadus, the defunct music group – Plantashun Boiz, which comprised of 2Baba, Faze and Blackface, and Jaywon, are some of the most prominent artistes who rose from Festac.
The Festac Music Festival, produced by Naija Ninja production, featured top Nigerian entertainer’s like Kenny Blaq, Vector, Jaywon, award-winning Canadian based music diva Tome, Faze and a host of other musicians. The festival has also been endorsed by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo -Olu, as an annual communal event and has been officially extended into a four-day event.
The governor, speaking through his representative, the Special Adviser on Tourism, Mr Solomon Saanu Bonu, said, ‘Sound Sultan’s legacy will be preserved with the festival and would be sponsored by the state annually.’
The Festival Director, singer, filmmaker and chief executive of Naija Ninja production, Dare Fasasi, popularly known as Baba Dee, the elder brother of late Sound Sultan, while thanking all the sponsors and partners of the event concluded that the event being held in Festac annually is helping to discover talents, and promoting social conscious music.