WHO THEY ARE
Comprising Bien-Aime Baraza, Willis Austin Chimano, Polycarp Otieno and Savara Mudigi - Sauti Sol is an award-winning Afro-pop group from Kenya. In 2017, they won Best Group (Africa) at the MTV Africa Music Awards and the Soundcity MVP Awards. The East African Artists of the Year (2016 Bingwa Awards) and Best African Group at the African Muzik Magazine Awards (2015 AFRIMMA) also won an MTV EMA Award for Best African Act in 2014. In 2016 Sauti Sol made history by being the first Kenyan artistes to stage a successful nationwide tour. The Live and Die in Afrika tour traversed Nairobi, Nakuru, Eldoret, Meru, Mombasa and Kisumu. They return to Coke Studio Africa for a third time to work with Chidinma (Nigeria) this year.
INFLUENCING AMERICAN POP CULTURE
Sauti Sol’s discography includes a 2012 self-titled collaborative EP with South African avant-garde innovative rapper/producer Spoek Mathambo. Three albums namely: “Mwanzo” (2008), “Sol Filosofia” (2011) and “Live and Die in Afrika” (2015) have received wide acclaim in the Kenyan charts and gained international attention, including US President Barack Obama mentioning the fact that their song Sura Yako has influenced American pop culture.
HOW THEY ATTAIN THE FRESH SOUND
Sauti Sol mix their soulful voices with vocal harmonies, guitar riffs and drum rhythm. The group is also fond of blending warm resonant pop with traditional Kenyan influences. Their mélange of energetic rhythms has promoted the group to be well celebrated in Africa and a pioneer of a fresh new sound in East Africa that has inspired a number of young bands in the region.
THE BACK STORY
Sauti Sol members all met in High School and steadily built their professional international experience by touring Africa, Europe and the US soon after breaking into the music industry in 2006. In 2016, their notable live performances include Swaziland’s Bushfire Festival, Mozambique’s Azgo Festival and at 2baba’s Disruption Africa Kenyan concert. 2015’s notable showcases included a performance at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival alongside international acts Pearl Jam and Chris Martin (Coldplay), performing at the Milan Expo 2015, a 2015 #SautiSolRoad2BET American Tour (Washington DC, Minneapolis MN, Atlanta GA, Seattle, Dallas TX, New Jersey and Los Angeles CA), headlining at 2015 KigaliUp Festival, Sauti Sol Live in Kampala Concert, Sauti Sol Live in Dar es Salaam (Party in the Park 2015), Las Vegas Sauti Sol Valentines Show at the Hard Rock Café, Kenya’s Koroga Festival, Tanzania’s Jembeka Party and Dubai’s Industry Nite, among others.