Many people have been asking questions what’s cooking behind the scene after DJ Stylez posted a photo on social media.
He took to social media to post a photo of himself, Sauti Sol, The Kansoul and Cedo the producer with a caption that read, “Late night cooking. #industrytings #gamechanging.”
This seems like some of Kenya’s biggest artistes are in the studio cooking up something that will shake the music industry.
All these heads are geniuses in their own unique ways and once they come together, they’ll definitely blow us away with dope music. And also let’s not forget the crew has a number of producers who are known as the sickest in the industry.
Sauti Sol always does the unthinkable when it comes to music.
Popularly known for their hit songs such as Shake yo Bam Bam, SuraYako and Isabella, the band has released a first ever emoji lyric video in Africa.
The New Song talks about being friendzoned, which is commonly talked about by guys all over. Sauti Sol talk about a man who wants to be out of being in a friend zone.
He tells the girl how he feels about her through emojis and want to jump out of the zone and yet he doesn’t have a parachute and he hopes he is going to win the girl. The girl is the inspiration behind the song with the girl shying off whenever he looks at her.
They are trying so hard not to loose a friend because of how they feel about the girl. The man has hidden his feelings emotionally not wanting to let out his feelings to the girl.
The guy can’t take being in the friend zone anymore and asks his friends to hold him and even ‘team mafisi’ because the girl has made him go ‘gaga’ and they are going to loose a member.
It took the superstars six months to develop and execute this kind of song.
In case you haven’t watched it yet, which basically means you’ve been living under a rock, here you go. Oh, and you’re welcome!
Award winning band Sauti Sol has revealed that despite their success, they fight and disagree.
The band commonly known for their hit songs like sura yako, blue uniform and their new collabo with C4 Pedro called Love again, are celebrating ten years of friendship and the glue that keeps them together is support. Bien-Aime Baraza leads vocals and guitar, Willis Austin Chimano vocals and saxophone, Delvin Savara Mudigi vocals, percussions and drums and finally Polycarp Otieno guitar.
The band members met in high school and originally started as an acapella 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 have lots of albums including Live And Die In Africa and Mwanzo and have won many awards. They play Kenyan Afro-Pop and have toured many places in Africa including Europe, Kisumu.
“The journey to becoming the biggest group in Africa has not been all smooth as many would think. Being a quartet made up of four different and strong personalities means we all have to compromise every now and then to make it work. Like any other friendship or relationship, we have had our fair share of disagreements, fights and quarrels, but we always make it work. Before all the fame and money, all we has was each other”. Polycarp said in an interview with the Nairobian.
Savara added that, “Real friends push each other to achieve greatness together. From the moment we met, we knew what and where we wanted to be in the future. The fact that we had a common goal and the desire to succeed helped us work harder and persistent in our endevour.”
Sauti Sol has grown over the years to become one of the most celebrated music groups not only regionally but internationally too. It’s all hardwork if you ask me, plus they have mastered the art of making good music.
Before they started doing music, they were friends, with Chimano, Bien and Savara going to the same school. But what many people don’t know is that Polycarp also got a letter to go to UpperHill School, but he ended up in another school.
Their friendship has definitely grown over the years, and since yesterday was International Friendship Day, they decided to celebrate it by answering a few questions like what does friendship mean to them and describing each other’s habits.
In an interview with plive, they individually opened up on some of the scary things they’ve gone through before that left a scar in their lives.
Bien went ahead to reveal that he was once hit by a car along Moi Avenue (road leading to Railways) and lost 15 teeth.
He told the website, “Nishaigongwa na gari na nikapoteza meno 15, Niligongwa na gari hapo railways na mtu amelewa tu iyo barabara ya Kenyan Cinema kama unaenda Railways. Huyo mtu alikuja wrong side akanipiga kwa magoti puf! Sura ikagonga windscreen.” That must have been a really scary experience.
Chimano also narrated his story, sharing how he had an accident with his bike, whose handle bar was loose, making it difficult to steer the bike properly.
“I have a scar on my stomach from when I was 10,” he explained.
Savara on the other hand, had a bad accident that fractured his leg and he now has a metal attached inside his leg to provide adequate support. But he looks much better now and he’s not walking around with a crutch.
So now you know, even your favourite superstars haven’t had it easy in this cold world.
Sauti Sol have made a name for themselves and on so many occassions, international artistes who visit the country always state that they love Sauti Sol’s songs and would love to work with them.
American artiste, Jidenna is among those who love Sauti Sol and describes their songs as the right soulful sound.
We can all agree that their music is eccentric, popping and one can’t get enough of their jams. Jidenna went ahead to state that they had already reached out to Sauti Sol before they visited the country and also stated that he would love to work with them.
He also gave Blinky Bill a shout out for his good job.
He said, “I’m excited about Blinky Bill, Sauti Sol definitely, they have like a real soulful sound that I think is missing in a lot of Afro-Pop music. We actually reached out to Sauti Sol before we got here, so hopefully we’ll get a response.”
Well, we hope he got a good response, because a Jidenna-Sauti Sol collabo would be lit for years.
Kenya’s most popular guitarist and member of multiple award winning group Sauti Sol has been making custom made guitars,which he christened ‘Fancy Fingers’ and they are exquisite. Polycarp broke the news last year in September through his social media platforms writing:
“Sounds so good! If you wanna make an order slide in my DM.”
Speaking to Word Is on how he came up with the idea, he had quite an interesting story.
“It was very random but it felt very great of course. There’s this guy who fixes my guitars. When he told me that he makes guitars from scratch, I thought, maybe we could make a Kenyan brand from this, because there is a very huge problem of instruments in this country.”
“For us, we travel alot and we buy things from outside but there is a kid who’s coming up and doesn’t have access to any kind of instrument. So it’s just an idea to have Kenyan made for the Kenyan musicians.”
According to him, there is still more to this amazing brand that we haven’t seen yet.
“It’s still in the process of being launched so am still trying to get the perfect brand name and perfect design. Then am going to launch it properly,” he said.
He says that he targets all the young upcoming artistes in the continent.
“Hopefully its going to be a big enough brand for the continent coz that’s my target. Young African Musicians.”
The multi talented artiste is also a producer, and he along side another group member Savara, do the productions for the group
“We do everything in-house. We write and produce”
So does he produce for other artistes apart from Sauti Sol?
“I also do produce for other people outside because it’s something that I love to do. I also gain a lot of experience from that and put it back in the band”
Fresh from the award winning afro pop group is a single titled ‘Friendzone’, a song that has hit the airwaves by storm. It is an emoji themed video, which left many wondering how and why they came up with the rare but exciting choice.
Speaking to Word Is about “Friendzone”,
“It marks the new chapter of our era in terms of recording music, how we write our music.”
And about the emoji aspect?
“You have to come into terms with the things that people use every day. Emojis are things that we use every day. When you’re talking to your friends you use emojis. When you want to have a laugh you use emojis.”
So, is it because they have been Friend zoned too many times?
“Definitely!!Kila mtu amekula friendzone. Everybody has been friendzoned one way or the other.”
In the song, they mention team mafisi, and having so many listeners globally, many tend to ask what that phrase means. They seem to take that question quite positively and are happy about it.
“It’s great because we are introducing Kenyan urban culture to the world. It is what’s happening in Kenya right now. It is the talk right now. When people ask us what team mafisi is and we give them the explanation, they are like wow, that’s really hilarious. dope. We are just sharing our culture with the world.”
They have recently done a song dubbed “Mbozi Za Malwa”with Ugandan artiste Bebe Cool and the reception was also quite impressive. As we would expect, the really did enjoy working with him.
“He is the boss in the industry and is a wise person. He is one of the best artistes we have worked with.”
If you have been wondering, “Malwa actually means alcohol. So “Mbozi Za Malwa” means those stories you talk with your friends while drinking. Those alcohol conversations.”
Sauti Sol will be going on Tour to Toronto, Canada on Wednesday and will be there till Monday. They, among other major African artistes like MiCasa and Tekno will be performing in one of the biggest African festivals in Diaspora, which they are very eager and ready to do.
“We feel like we are going for the Olympics. And we have to represent the country proper”, they said.
Well…we really are hoping to get more hits from this amazing group. If you still haven’t watched it, below is their latest song “Friendzone”
Just like the name goes, the song describes a man who is head over heels in love with this lady called Ebony. And he is trying to get himself out of the ‘Friendzone’ but he doesn’t know how to go about it.
It is barely 24 hours after it was released and the song has received thousands of views and likes.
Moses Sali better known by his stage name Bebe Cool is one of the African artistes at this year’s Coke Studio Africa and there’s no doubt that his hard work in music has propelled him to new levels over the years.
Bebe Cool recently worked on a new collaboration with Kenya’s top band Sauti Sol dubbed Mbozi Za Malwa, back in April 2017, though the music video hasn’t received many views on YouTube as anticipated, it received a lot of positive feedback when it was dropped.
This was the first time the reggae and ragga singer has worked with a Kenyan artiste, despite being in the industry for more than a century, but why did he take such a long time to make this move?
Well, in a recent interview, with Insyder, Bebe Cool was asked who his top 3 Kenyan artistes are, and the answer was not what anyone expected, at all.
The African Gal hitmaker revealed that the only singers he can rate and recognise from Kenya are BET nominees, Sauti Sol, because it’s the only group that has been able to spread their wings both in East Africa and Africa as a whole.
To tell the truth there is Sauti Sol. I would definitely tell you I don’t think I can rate anybody else. Coz basically apart from the old legendary it’s only Sauti Sol that has made sure they have made a name in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Africa.
Bebe Cool revealed that he had only met mellow-voiced singer Dela recently, at Coke Studio and applauded her talent and amazing voice, but reiterated that he would not have known or heard of her if it wasn’t for Coke Studio.
I just met Dela recently and I haven’t even listened to her music (before) so that means Kenyan artistes are a little bit lazy, I usually say that and I’m never shy about it. Because I haven’t heard of Dela before Coke Studio, if Dela has management she has to think twice and move (market themselves internationally) because that is how I will know you. I won’t know when you are there, however good your music is. Success also comes with business and marketing.
According to the musician, Kenyan artistes are somehow lazy and need to work on their marketing and management if they want to be recognised in other countries in Africa and internationally.
He however appreciated and congratulated Sauti Sol on their resilience and how they have strived to get accolades all over African and globally, and their enterprising nature too.
This comes after Nigerian singer Iyanya revealed that singer Jaguar was reluctant after their One Centimeter remix, saying that he didn’t make an effort to market his song in Nigeria or introduce himself to the press, which he told him to do 2 years ago;
I don’t know if he was expecting me to do his job for him, he was just lounging around for over ten days. He did not even make any effort, not even a newspaper interview.
For the longest time, they have been labelled as the most stylish ninjas in the 254, and who are we to say otherwise. Sauti Sol’s stylist has always gone far and beyond to make them look like superstars with their out-of-this-world fashion.
A while back, however, they received a public backlash for outfits many termed as “mosquito nets”. It was funny at that time and they even laughed at it. But who had the last laugh? Shortly after, their outfits were featured in a UK museum. How cool is that?
But for them to actually get to afford these outstanding outfits, they had to work tirelessly. Back in the day when they were starting off, they were not earning as much as they are now, not that I know how much they earn but they termed their outfits as expensive by the standards of those days.
Taking to social media, they expressed how expensive their outfits were back in the day, saying: “These outfits were pretty expensive back then… 100/- for the shirts and 250/- for dem jeans… Haters gerrarahia, you garra go 😂.”
Check out the photo of them rocking the expensive outfits:
Sauti Sol’s Bien-Aime Baraza is a bitter man after allegations that he had broken up with his dancer girlfriend Chiki Onwukwe.
The rumours started when Bien attended his manager’s wife Annabel Onyango’s baby shower without his better half, raising eyebrows since they are always seen together in events more so if it’s a friend’s ceremony.
Other than that, the two had not been sharing photos of each other on social media for a while, fuelling the claims that they had called it quits.
Reports had revealed that Chiki, a dance and fitness instructor, had moved out of the house she was living with Bien, after a nasty quarrel but the couple has come to rubbish the claims.
When Bien was contacted, he was infuriated about the whole drama, saying that he and Chiki are very much together and chilling. He breathed fire telling our reporter Liz to leave him and his ‘wife’ alone;
We are okay, we are chill, don’t call my wife again asking her stupid questions.
This was before he went to social media to post videos so that he can irritate his haters and rumour mongers who came up with the gossip, making it clear that they are very much an item.
In the video, Chiki takes a video of a shirtless Bien, sarcastically asking him; “How are you doing after our break up.”A happy looking Bien then gives this cryptic response;“I’m so sad since we broke up.”
The lead singer then dances to their latest song, Love Again as Chiki films on, then shares the video with the caption that reads; “Watasema mchana, Usiku watalala. This shit still lit.”
In another video, Bien films Chiki as she walks around the house in a t-shirt, then they flaunt their love all cuddled up and grinding on each other as they sing along to the same song.
Check out the video below which was definitely meant for haters who started the rumours. But this looks like a cover up for something that had happened because a close friend of theirs confirmed that they had major issues in their relationship.
Another celebrity relationship has gone to the dogs.
Sauti Sol’s Bien Aime Baraza has called it quits with his longtime girlfriend, Chiki Kuruka.
This comes after Chiki threw him a note worthy bash at Osita Lodge a while back.
Anyhow, the details of the break up have being reported by Cheptoek Boyo of the Nairobian, who writes,
“Bien called it quits two weeks ago on grounds that Chiki was giving him ‘too much pressure’.”
The breakup saw Chiki park her bags and move out the apartment they were sharing together.
Now, the two are keeping mum about the breakup with Chiki’s manager giving a “no comment” response to whether they have broken up or not.
Chiki runs a very successful dance studio that is frequented by celebrities. It is located in Karen.
Meanwhile, Chiki has been posting inspirational messages on her social media.
One of which read, “Strength grows in the moments when you think you can’t go on but you keep going anyway” – Anonymous.”
May 14 was the last time she posted a photo together with Bien. While the Sauti Sol hunk posed a sweet message to her on May 18, quoting Nyashinski’s lyrics, “~Uko sawa na, wote malaika na mabawa yao, wote wanakuiga we ndo mama yao~ A Kenyan proverbs.
Here are some inspirational quotes she has posted in the past weeks when the said break-up happened.
1. “Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.” – Oprah Winfrey.
2. “You can either see yourself as a wave in the ocean or you can see yourself as the ocean.” – Oprah Winfrey.
Some mid week inspiration for wellness and wisdom.
3. “The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance-and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning. ” – Oprah Winfrey.
4. “She was born to be free, let her run wild in her own way and you will never lose her.” ― Nikki Rowe
5. “As long as my body holds out, I’ll be grooving when I’m 70.” ― Nikki Rowe
6. “When you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.” — Michelle Obama
7. “Until you value yourself, you won’t value time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” – M. Scott Peck
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou.
I have this quote on my mirror in the bathroom and it’s one of the first things I see in the morning when I get up. Self explanatory. FYI to late Dr. Maya Angelou is also one of the most inspiring women to have walked this earth. Still I rise.
9. ts not every morning you will wake up feeling great….. you might just want to crawl back into bed (me today!) What i usually do is force a smile until its real.
Happiness doesn’t always come naturally. But it is certainly a choice!
Check out some of her rocking photos that prove Bien amepoteza mchumba hot, hot!
Fashionista Annabel Onyango and her hubby Marek (Sauti Sol’s Publicist) are expecting their first child come August this year. As they look forward to the baby’s arrival, they held the most lavish baby shower ever.
The baby shower dubbed “Our Baby Love fest” was held on June 11, 2017, at a luxurious hotel located in Runda, Nairobi. Annabel and her bae are known to hold the most jaw dropping parties, and if you recall their wedding back in 2015 could easily be dubbed the wedding of the year.
Annabel has pretty much been hiding her baby bump from the public and it is only on two occasion that we barely got a glimpse of her bump.
Deatisl of her lavish baby shower are now emerging, and the photos will leave many green with envy. From free flowing champagne, to gold accents, about 80 people attended the event and danced along live jazz music, eating a sumptous high tea buffet.
zawadinyongoIt was sooooo lovely babe. Just realized I didn’t take a single picture myself. Was too busy taking it all in. Love you. Thank you for throwing down the most bomb garden pastel baby love fest ever.
Sauti Sol are a really big band that has gained recognition not only in Kenya but internationally too. We love them and they make it easy for us to do so with their over the top music that we simply can’t stop dancing to.
They have won awards left right and center all because of hardwork and good delivery. Having worked with well recognised international artistes, Sauti Sol have made their name a brand and put Kenya on the map.
But for one to actually have good music, you need lyrics, of which they deliver a hundred percent. Apart from that, there’s always someone who does the magic so as to get the good beats and the magical flow of a song.
Polycarp Otieno has been the man behind the scenes of most of Sauti Sol’s songs, producing and working his magic while at it. He has also managed to work with other great artistes like Dela, Nyashinski among others.
Kenya’s biggest and fast rising boy band Sauti Sol never cease to amaze us. If they go missing for more than 3 months, be rest assured they’re cooking something new and better.
A few weeks ago, Uganda’s Bebe Cool released a single dubbed ‘Mbozi Za Malwa‘ featuring Sauti Sol. The song has become a major hit a few weeks after its release. That only means they connected from the word go.
Well, for a pretty long time, let’s say from the time they gained fame, Sauti Sol have been trend setters and have on numerous occasions surprised us with their outfits. A while back, they were mocked online after pictures of them wearing net-like clothes emerged with Kenyans saying their outfits looked like mosquito nets.
But one thing we can’t forget is the fact that one of their outfits is actually in a museum in the UK. How cool is that?
It’s a new month and May has a couple of songs you’ve got to watch out for! Some of our favourite musicians like Sauti Sol, Octopizzo and many more have got us sorted this new month with amazing songs.
Here are 5 songs we bet you will be listening to all month long;
1. Mbozi Za Malwa
This is the latest jam from Sauti Sol and Uganda’s legendary king of Ragga Bebe Cool. These voices have blended in so well that you might find it so hard to differentiate the voices.
Octopizzo has been working hard and he keeps giving us hit after hit. Pull up is that kinda song you can’t stop moving to the beat, therefore, it will take some time before you get tired of this song. With well thought about lyrics, this song is classic!
Le Band is a group that has really grown in the music industry and their latest song is just on point. If you loved Number 1 you will definitely die to listen to this one a couple of times in a day. It will be the song you will want to wake up to every morning.
It might be two weeks old but we are still feeling the beat. Party Nation is a song by MDQ, Mayonde, Kagwe, Fena and Blinky Bill and we absolutely love the squad! The visuals and Kagwe’s intro then MDQ’S rap and that Fenaminal chorus, everything about this song is dope!
5. Show Me
The latest song from Tanzania’s sweetheart Harmonize featuring Rich Mavoko has been in a position to win a lot of African hearts with already a million plus views in just two weeks. These guys together are just a perfect combo.
The award winning group together with the 18 N Over hitmaker have come out to release the song Mbozi Za Malwa which before the release of the video, was already a hit over a dance competition they had set.
The dance competition is between Kenyan and Ugandan girls after which the winner will walk away with undisclosed amount of money.