Sauti Sol have been MIA from the music scene for a while now and this sort of raised questions if the group is still together. But you can all calm down as they have revealed why they’ve been silent.
Speaking to Adelle Onyango and Shaffie Weru on Breakfast With the Stars, Bien revealed that they have been travelling a lot and working on new music with some of the biggest names in Africa.
He said, “We are working on a few things. We’ve been travelling a lot, doing shows all over the world and we went to Nigeria and when we were there, we managed to shoot a couple of videos for some content that we’ve been doing for the last few months. So we shot four videos with Tiwa Savage, Adekunle Gold, Patoranking and Burna Boy. We are also working on a lot of stuff here in Kenya with different artistes. So we’ve just been working on putting out content.”
The boy band just released a brand new song with Patoranking called Melanin.
When asked how it was working with Patoranking, Chimano explained, “Patoranking is an amazing human being. So we pinned him down when he was here for Coke Studio. We were like we have a song for you. We played it for him, Bien got the guitar, played him the acoustic, akasema twende studio sahi sahi. So we recorded the song in Polycarp’s house and he was just so gracious. Pato si mtu wa mapetho, hana maringo.”
They have had their own fair share of challenges in the industry. So what are some of the challenges they have faced?
“Trying to be level headed and the greatest challenge is trying to keep your mouth shut as well because being where we are, people ask so much of you. You are judged and the judgment we get here is quite a lot. It’s just finding a balance where you’re able to take it in but not completely giving out,” Chimano said.
Bien added, ” We are human. Whatever people say out there can break you but also we use those instances to bounce back. A lot of time, 80% of the people who are talking, want to be where you are and when you find a lot of voices attacking you from different directions, it’s important to also take a step back and just shut them out. You know, even as an artiste, to find yourself, you need to get out of the noises on social media and listen to your inner voice because in the beginning, those voices weren’t there, especially now when everyone has an opinion. It’s important to just stand your ground and be yourself. At the end of the day, remember that you’re in this because you love it.”
On why they went MIA, Bien explained, “People think Sauti Sol has broken up. We are taking sometime to regroup. You know sometimes you need to find yourself and for a long time we were lost in the rat race. You find people comparing you with artistes from all over the continent and what they are doing and what they’re not doing. All these voices you hear pull you in different directions and we’re four and growing up. We needed time off to find ourselves and it wasn’t even deliberate. It was just how it happened and we are happy it did in that fashion because now we have straight fire content for you guys.”
They also got to reveal their new plans in regards to their music saying, “This song (Melanin) is just the beginning because every month from now on, before we get comfortable again, we’re gonna be releasing a song every month from our LP coming up called African Source, from different collaborations from the continent, so expect a song from us every month.”
Listen to the full interview below;