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Sauti Sol Biography

Sauti Sol is a Kenyan afro-pop band formed in Nairobi by vocalists Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano and Delvin Mudigi in 2005. Polycarp Otieno who is the guitarist was in an acapella group but later joined them.

Sauti Sol Members

  1. Bien-Aimé Baraza – lead vocals and guitar
  2. Willis Austin Chimano – vocals  and saxophone
  3. Delvin Savara Mudigi – vocals, percussion and drums
  4. Polycarp Otieno – guitar

Sauti Sol Music Career

The members met in high school and originally started as an accapella group. When they cleared their O-levels in the year 2005 they decided to take up music professionally and Sauti Sol was born.

Sauti Sol’s two albums, Mwanzo (2008) and Sol Filosofia (2011), have received high acclaim on Kenyan charts and gained international attention with shows in Europe and the US, as well as television appearances , various nominations, including their 2011 celebrated concert performance in Kenya with Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Internationally renowned South African a cappella group).

In June 2012, Sauti Sol released Sauti Sol, a self-titled EP and collaborative effort with South African avant-garde innovative rapper/producer Spoek Mathambo.

Their third studio album, titled Live and Die in Afrika, released online on the 21 November 2015, was available to Sauti Sol fans globally for free download for 48 hours as an early Christmas present. The album was released under their imprint label Sauti Sol Entertainment as a self-produced work by Sauti Sol. A total of 400,000 downloads were made during the free download period

Sauti Sol has steadily built their professional international experience. A tour through Europe in 2010 took them to Sweden where they made a television appearance and recorded their sophomore album, Sol Filosofia.

In February 2012 they debuted at the Festival sur le Niger in Mali where they were performed alongside some of their African idols: Habib Koite, Salif Keita and Lokua Kanza.

In March 2011, the band made their first American appearance at the South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas.

In 2012, they made a return to SXSW. Celebrated by a host of fans, fellow artists and bloggers as the “most entertaining” and “best dressed act” at the festival, Sauti Sol plans to return to their growing fan base in America and the diaspora.

In June 2012 they performed at the Kalorvy Vary International film festival and Colours of Ostrava 2012, Czech Republic’s biggest music festival.

Between Sept-Dec 2012, Sauti Sol signed with Kenya’s Niko Na Safaricom Live Tour transporting their renowned electric live performances to their fans in major towns. Sauti Sol has also performed at widely televised events including:

  • the MTV Africa Music Awards (2014),
  • inauguration of Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta (2013),
  • the inaugural Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards held in Nigeria (2013)
  • Big Brother Africa Reality Show in South Africa (2012).
  • In 2013, they also headlined at Boombaataa Festival (Kenya) and City of Stars festival (Malawi).
  • In 2014, they performed at Blankets & Wine at 50 Festival (Kenya), Zanzibar International Film Festival and in Netherland’s Eindhoven (June 2014).

Sauti Sol Songs

  • Unconditionally Bae
  • Kuliko Jana
  • Sura Yako
  • Nerea
  • Nishike
  • Shake Yo Bam Bam
  • Still the One
  • Soma Kijana
  • Isabella
  • Mafunzo ya Dunia
  • Sunny Days
  • Blue Uniform
  • Awinja
  • Mushivala
  • Asubuhi
  • Sol Generation
  • Mapacha
  • Mama Papa
  • Live and Die in Afrika
  • Coming Home
  • Row Your Boat
  • Wera
  • Nairobi
  • Lazizi
  • Subira
  • Love or Leave
  • Zosi
  • Relax
  • Asante sana Baba
  • Malikia
  • Mbinguni
  • Nambee

 

Sauti Sol Recognition

Sauti Sol has steadily built their professional international experience. A tour through Europe in 2010 took them to Sweden where they made a television appearance and recorded their sophomore album, Sol Filosofia.

In February 2012 they debuted at the Festival sur le Niger in Mali where they were performed alongside some of their African idols: Habib Koite, Salif Keita and Lokua Kanza.

In March 2011, the band made their first American appearance at the South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. In 2012, they made a return to SXSW. Celebrated by a host of fans, fellow artists and bloggers as the “most entertaining” and “best dressed act” at the festival, Sauti Sol plans to return to their growing fan base in America and the diaspora.

In June they performed at the Kalorvy Vary International film festival and Colours of Ostrava 2012, Czech Republic’s biggest music festival. Between Sept-Dec 2012, Sauti Sol signed with Kenya’s Niko Na Safaricom Live Tour transporting their renowned electric live performances to their fans in major towns.

Sauti Sol has also performed at widely televised events including: the MTV Africa Music Awards (2014), inauguration of Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta (2013), the inaugural Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards held in Nigeria (2013) and at the Big Brother Africa Reality Show in South Africa (2012).

In 2013, they also headlined at Boombaataa Festival (Kenya) and City of Stars festival (Malawi). In 2014, they performed at Blankets & Wine at 50 Festival (Kenya), Zanzibar International Film Festival and in Netherland’s Eindhoven (June 2014).

Sauti Sol Awards

Sauti Sol are nominated for the Best Worldwide Act MTV EMA after winning the (Best African Act) 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards.Having won the inaugural Soma Awards in 2013, Sautisol has been declared Winners of the 2014 OLX SOMA Awards in the Best Use of Social Media for Entertainment category.Their music video, “Nishike” has been nominated as East Africa’s Most Gifted Music Video at the 2014 Channel O Music video Awards (CHOAMVA14) as well as 2014 All Africa Music Awards (Best African Group).

In 2013 Sauti Sol received two nods at CHOMVA (Most Gifted Afro Pop Video and Most Gifted East Africa Video) with the hit single, “Money Lover”. In 2012, they won East Africa’s Most Gifted Music Video at CHOMVA with their song “Shukuru” with Tanzanian rapper AY.

Sauti Sol has also been nominated as Africa’s Best Group at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) and African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA). Crowned as Artist of the Year at Kenya’s inaugural Social Media Awards (SOMA 2013), the band has been nominated at SOMA 2014 for Best Use of Social Media in Entertainment.

In 2012 the band also won Best Collaboration at Kenyan Chaguo La Teeniez (CHAT) Awards after bagging the Best Group Award in 2011. In 2011, they also won two Kisima Music Awards for Best Afro-Fusion Group and Best Music Video with “Coming Home”. In 2010 they received a Museke Online Africa Music Award (MOAMA) for Best Group and a nomination for Best African Newcomer at the 2010 African Music Awards (AMA).

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