is an Afro-pop
group from Nairobi consisting of vocalists Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano and Delvin Mudigi. The group was formed in 2005 and although at first a Capella Group, guitarist Polycarp Otieno joined and they named their group Suati.
From a very young age these four group members were led to believe that music was a valueless pursuit but together they fought against these prejudices and stereotypes and in so doing developed a certain confidence in their art form that adds a fire to their exciting live shows.
Theirs is a marriage of warm and resonant pop with traditional Kenyan influences, making them popular amongst local and international audiences.
The history of Suati Sol and how their music influences Kenyan music:
- Sauti Sol encompasses the band’s mix of soulful voices with vocal harmonies, guitar melodies and drum rhythm.
- With two tremendously fruitful albums in three years, Sauti Sol reflects a range of rich music inspired by greats the likes of Lokua Kanza, Fadhili Williams, Daudi Kabaka, Fally Ipupa and Salif Keita as well as British and American artists which include Coldplay and Jason Mraz.
- Sauti Sol’s two albums, Mwanzo produced, in 2008 and Sol Filosofia, produced in 2011, have proved to be hugely popular featuring high on Kenyan charts whilst gaining International attention.
- These accolades have resulted in the band enjoying live shows in Europe and the US, plus they have taken part in live television appearances.
- Highlights include their 2011 celebrated concert performance in Kenya with Ladysmith Black Mambazo – an internationally renowned South African cappella group.
- In June 2012, Sauti Sol released Sauti Sol which is a self-titled EP and collective effort with South African rapper/producer Spoek Mathambo.
- A successful tour in Europe in July resulted in the group launching the EP in Amsterdam’s MC theatre.
- The band is currently in the final stages of producing their projected third album which is to be released late in 2014.
Latest on Sauti Sol:
Earlier this year on 29 April, Sauti Sol released Nishike which is a music video that caused pandemonium and a media frenzy due to its steamy content and in the furore it ended up being banned from nearly all local TV stations.
Sauti Sol received a nomination for the Best Group Award at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards but did not get the award in the end as Mafikizolo from SA walked off with this prestigious award instead.
Their fourth single off “Live and Die in Afrika” entitled "Sura Yako" (Your Face) was presented by a spinoff “Lipala” dance which is a dance competition run on Instagram that ignited an online dance movement in Africa and across the globe. Ensuing the success of the competition, the band released the single's music video on 12 September 2014.