SAUTI SOL LIVE IN SEATTLE
On November 3rd 2016 Sauti Sol an MTV Africa Music Awards – Best Group, All Africa Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) , Best African Group, Pulse Music Video Awards – YouTube Video of the Year ,Pulse , Best Collaboration , Best Male Artiste in East Africa ,All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) – Best Group & Producer of the year and many more was in Seattle as part of their annual USA tour. I had the privilege to meet with the group for an exclusive dinner held at Jamrek Studio on November 2nd 2016.
During the dinner we got to interact with this award winning group, we got to ask them questions about their success and what is the one advice they can give an artist who is out there trying to make music, Savara said “we make music that is based on our own experiences and real life experiences, as long as you sing real music you will be successful”, it was such an honor to be present and have a chance to get to know them more in person, that is a rare opportunity to have.
On November 3rd Sauti Sol gave us a phenomenal performance the Neptune Theater was packed to the max, we had an audience that ranged from different cultures races not just the Kenyan population, it was amazing to see that they attracted different people with their music, it proves Savaras words that when you sing music that is real and from the heart you will be a success, the event was a great success.
SAUTI SOL BIOGRAPHY
Sauti Sol is an award-winning afro pop group from Kenya, crowned the 2016 Best African Group at African Muzik Magazine Awards #AFRIMMA and MTV Africa Music Awards #MTVMAMA. Sauti Sol, nominated as the Best International Act- Africa, 2015 BET Awards also won the MTV Europe Music Awards #MTVEMA for Best African Act in 2014. Comprising of Bien-Aime Baraza, Willis Austin Chimano, Polycarp Otieno and Savara Mudigi; the group mixes their soulful voices with vocal harmonies, guitar riffs and drum rhythm. Sauti Sol blends warm resonant pop with traditional Kenyan influences. Their mélange of energetic rhythms has promoted the group to become one of Africa’s most celebrated and East Africa’s pioneers of a fresh sound that has inspired the sprouting of many other bands from East Africa.
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 Africa (including their 2011 celebrated concert performance in Kenya with Ladysmith Black Mambazo), Europe and the US, as well as television appearances and various nominations. In June 2012, Sauti Sol released Sauti Sol, 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. In 2016’s most notable live performance include, Swaziland’s Bushfire Festival, Mozambique’s Azgo Festival and at 2baba’s Disruption Africa (Kenya concert). Sauti Sol’s 2015 notable showcases include 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. In 2014, they performed at Blankets & Wine at 50 Festival (Kenya), Zanzibar International Film Festival, among shows in Europe. In 2013, they also headlined at Boombaataa Festival (Kenya) and City of Stars festival (Malawi).
A tour through Europe in 2010 took Sauti Sol 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 2011 and 2012 the band performed at the South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. In June same year, 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 Kenyan towns and cities.
Sauti Sol has also performed at widely televised events including: the MTV Africa Music Awards (2015 & 2014), Kenya’s 51st Independence Day (2014), inauguration of Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta (2013), Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards held in Nigeria (2013) and at Big Brother Africa Reality Show in South Africa (2012).