“Sound Sultan Convinced Me To Move Back To Nigeria”- Seyi Shay Speaks On Losing Her Mentor

“Sound Sultan Convinced Me To Move Back To Nigeria”- Seyi Shay Speaks On Losing Her Mentor

Top Nigerian singer Seyi Shay says late Nigerian rapper Sound Sultan, was her defender whenever she got into trouble in the music industry.

In a recent chat with Chude Jideonwo, the “Yolo” singer talked about the role the late rapper played in her life when she was facing hard times in the music industry.

Seyi Shay Explains How Late Sound Sultan Helped Her In The Music Industry
Seyi Shay during her interview with Chude Jideonwo

The singer said Sound Sultan accommodated her when she relocated back to Nigeria and found her a music deal when her girl band split up.

Seyi Shay Explains How Late Sound Sultan Helped Her In The Music Industry
Photo of Sound Sultan and Seyi Shay

“Sound Sultan Convinced Me To Move Back To Nigeria”- Seyi Shay Speaks Losing Her Mentor“Why did I come back for music? I’ll blame Sound Sultan. When I met Sultan in 2011/2012, it was in a recording studio with Doc Def, a Nigerian producer based in the UK,” Seyi Shay said.

“I was working with the producer shortly after my girl band broke up and I didn’t want to stop the music so I continued finding different situations that I could be a part of musically.

Doc Def had a great studio I would often go to and record. I bumped into Sultan. He was playing his music to Doc Def and I was blown away. He asked to listen to my music and Doc Def played him what we had been working on.

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Sultan and I hit it off there and then. He asked me what I was doing with my career and I told him about my girl band; that we had just broken up. He said he was going to get me a deal; an investor so I could come to Nigeria.”

Seyi Shay said she moved to Nigeria and lived with the rapper for about a year.

“He said I should do my music there because Afrobeats was really taking off. I moved to Nigeria and he teamed me up with Flytime. They had the biggest concerts for years. I lived with Sultan for like a year.

His passing hit me big time. He was my mentor and, at some point, it became less about music and more about friendship. He was like a small daddy and his wife became my small mummy”.

When I started getting into trouble in the industry, he would be like my bailout and defender.” She said.

Sound Sultan, breathed his last on Sunday 11th July 20201 after battling lymphoma, a type of cancer that starts in the white blood cells.

Seyi Shay, 35, has worked with a number of musicians, including Justin Timberlake, Brian Michael Cox, Darey, Bilal, Michelle Williams, Chip, Rob Knoxx, H-Money, and Cameron Wallace.

In January 2021, she signed a publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group, France in partnership with Universal Music France.

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