Award-winning Kenyan boy band, Sauti Sol, in a new interview disclosed a possible major shift in their music engagement in the coming days after what has been a hugely successful career.
Promoting their new single Short and Sweet – a collaboration with Nyashinski, Bien Aime Baraza, the group’s lead vocalist who spoke to Kiss FM on behalf of the group, said that it is high time for them to move on.
According to Bien, they will soon be opening a record label, possibly before the end of the year, as they’ve already signed in a few artistes and each band member will play a different role to grow the new talent. He further added that what many people do not know, is that they have been working with so many artistes underground and by August people will meet them.
“This is where we announce that we are retiring as Sauti Sol and tuna relocate at some point. Tumeshafanya kila kitu, mnataka tufanye nini? Maybe we should follow the footsteps of Nyashinski, relocate and come back bigger,” Bien said.
The award-winning Afro-pop band from Kenya, Sauti Sol, comprises Bien Aime Baraza, Willis Austin Chimano, Polycarp Otieno and Savara Mudigi.
Sauti Sol’s music is inspired by their day-to-day lives and events. This has resulted in Nerea, Nishike and Unconditionally Bae – hit songs that their fans easily relate to. The group is also known as one of the best live performers in East Africa.
Since first meeting at their former high school, Upper Hill, Sauti Sol members have remained friends and haven’t forgotten the days when they sang in their school choir – Voice in the Light. They said: “We were friends first, before music and this has been key for us as it keeps our music making process smooth.”
In 2016, Sauti Sol made history as the first Kenyan artistes to hold a successful countrywide tour. The “Live and Die in Africa” tour covered five cities and towns in Kenya and has now been expanded into Africa and beyond for the rest of the year. For those who think it might have been easy, Sauti Sol admit that such achievements don’t come without sacrifices. “We have a great team that sacrificed a lot. They dedicated their time, energy and skills to work around the clock just to make sure the tour was a mega experience. The support from our sponsors was also crucial.”