on the set of Suzanna
Sauti sol on the set of Suzanna
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Earlier this week, Sauti Sol threatened to sue Azimio La Umoja over copyright infringement on their song 'Extravaganza.'

In a statement issued by the group, the band said;

"This is blatant copyright infringement as directed by section 35, CAP 170 of the Copyright Act of Kenya," read part of the statement


"We did license this song to the Azimio la Umoja Campaign neither did we give any consent for its use in the announcement of their Vice-Presidential Candidate. Furthermore, our authority to use the composition, which is one of our most distinct compositions was neither sought nor given."

Responding to the award-winning Kenyan group, the political party said in a social media statement that;

"We would like to assure our celebrated musical team @sautisol that we love them and appreciate their music so much."


Adding "The group has carried our country’s flag so high in international fora & every Kenyan appreciates this. Playing their song yesterday was a show of love for their work."

There were mixed reactions from fans after the group's statement and on Wednesday morning, they took time to educate their followers on intellectual property rights.

"In the past few days, there has been a lot of disinformation online and it is clear that the majority of people are uninformed about Intellectual property rights."


"Let's begin by getting the key definitions right and find out what these terms mean. Any IP lawyer/s can chip in. 1. Author 2. Composer 3. Publisher 4. CMO (Collective Management Organization) 5. Sound Recording 6. Composition 7. Intellectual property (Types of Intellectual property)8. Copyright (Types of copyright)9. Royalty (Types of royalties)10. Licensing (Types of licenses)."

Meanwhile, Sauti Sol has lost over two thousand subscribers on Youtube.

By Tuesday night, Sauti Sol had 905,000 YouTube subscribers but was at 903,000 subscribers on Wednesday morning and was still trending on Twitter.

Azimio La Umoja used their hit song while unveiling their running mate who is Martha Karua.

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