The music entertainment industry is an ever-evolving sea of trends. Not many have been able to navigate the narrows successfully. As technology expands and production trends become a norm, the industry continues to transmute for its consumers. Maintaining success in this ever changing industry is a real feather in the cap. Sauti Sol is one deviant group that has been able to constantly innovate and swim upstream with their music.
The trendy Afro pop band has captured the globe with their awe inspiring and phenomenal music characterized by exquisite percussion instruments, sultry voices and catchy melodies laced with rhythmic motifs .The Award winning group signed to Universal records Africa.
Formed in 2005 by Bien aime baraza, Willis chimano, Savara Mudigi and Polycarp Otieno, conceptualized as an accapela group then spanning into a full blown band with laden tunes like Lazizi , Sura yako , live and die in Africa and many more silvery classics from their various released albums .
The group is best known for imparting knowledge, information, ideas, feelings and emotions to their listeners with atmospheric music that cuts across borders and transcends cultures. Their newly released fifth studio album midnight train presents an intricate masterpiece of production that leaves an urgent desire to be heard and is busily gaining popularity for its psychical and spiritualizing content spawning into sub genres of Afropop.
First releasing tracks like Suzanna, Brighter days featuring South African ensemble Soweto gospel choir and Disco matanga_ featuring Sho madjozi and black motion, themed as a soundtrack in Netflix’s web television series queen Sono .
The 13 track album also features India Arie, an American contemporary soul artiste and songwriter in the track My Everything, and a host of latent talent from the group’s record label Sol generation.
This Kenyan boy band clearly understood that good music is medicine to the soul. Perhaps their name, Sauti Sol, is a constant and conscious reminder that more souls need medicinal healing from sumptuous music.
Music transcends race, religion, status and even time. Take a train ride with these timeless tunes.
By Jectan Oitang’or
Photo Credits: Sauti Sol
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