Sauti Sol Biography
Sauti Sol is an Afro-Pop band from Kenya which is made up of four members; Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano, Savara Mudigi, and Polycarp Otieno.
Members and positions:
- Willis Austin Chimano ( saxophone and vocals)
- Delvin Savara Mudigi ( percussion, vocals and drums)
- Polycarp Otieno ( guitar)
- Bien-Aime Baraza ( lead vocals and guitar)
Sauti Sol first started out in 2005 with Bien-Aimé Baraza, Savara Mudigi and Willis Chimano who met in their High School; Upper Hill High School where they performed in a musical group ‘Voices in the Light’. They were initially meant to be an Acapella group before Polycarp Otieno who became their guitarist joined them. Polycarp Otieno attended Strathmore School, and the others met him at Alliance Française in Nairobi.
After they came together, they decided to name their band ‘Sauti’ which means ‘Sound’ in Swahili. They took part in the Kenyan Music Competition which was hosted by Alliance Française at Nairobi in 2006.
They all completed their Tertiary Education in Kenya; Bien-Aimè graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the United States International University in 2011. Savara graduated with a degree in Commerce and finance from Africa Nazarene University.
In 2012, Willis graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies from University of Nairobi, and Polycarp graduated with a degree in Actuarial Science from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
Sauti Sol Music Career
Their first Song as a band was ‘Mafunzo Ya Duma’ which means ‘Lessons of the World.’ The song was featured in their first studio album ‘Nwanzo’ which was released on the 4th of August 2009 under Penya Records. ‘Sol’ the Spanish word for ‘Sun’ was then added to ‘Sauti’ to make it ‘Sauti Sol’ which means ‘Voices in the Sun.’
Sauti Sol released their second studio album ‘Sol Filosofia’ after two years on the 25th of February 2011. Their second studio album brought them plenty of nominations and awards. The music video for the second song on the album titled ‘Coming Home’ won the ‘Best Music video’ award at the Kisimi Music Awards in 2011.
They released an Extended Play (EP) which was titled ‘Sauti Sol’ on the 18th of June 2012. Sauti Sol collaborated with South African Record Producer and Rapper, Spoek Mathambo for the EP. The EP was produced in Nairobi, Kenya and Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Studio album called “ Live and Die in Afrika” released on the 21st November 2015 which received so much in popularity and gained more than 400, 000 downloads. It was free for 48 hours as an early Christmas gift. The album was produced under their Record Label ‘Sauti Sol Entertainment.’
Their single ‘Nishike’ was released on the 29th of April 2014. The music video for the single stirred up some controversy in the media due to its mature content and was later banned from most local Television stations.
Sauti Sol Recognition
Sauti Sol has slowly begun to gain popularity beyond their home country as they build their professional experience. In 2010, they took a tour through Europe and ended in Sweden where they were interviewed on TV and also released their sophomore album, Sol Filosona.
In 2012, Sauti Sol attended the Festival Sur le Niger where they gained more popularity and was featured alongside many other African idols Lokua Kanza, Salif Keita, and Habib Koite. In March 2011, the Southwest Music festival witnessed them, alongside many other artists, bloggers and many more.
In June 2012, they accomplished many on different televised events including Inaugural Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Inauguration of Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta(2013) and many more.
Sauti Sol Albums
- Mwanzo – 2008
- Sol Filosofia – 2011
- Live and Die in Afrika – 2015
- Sauti Sol (Extended play 2018)
- Kuliko Jana
- Short N Sweet
- Sura Yako
- Afrikan star
- Unconditionally Bae
- Soma Kijana
- Blue Uniform
- Coming Home
- Shake Yo Bam Bam
- Still the One
- Mafunzo ya Dunia
- Mama Papa
- Sunny days
- Interlude Sauti Sol
- Sol Generation
- Sauti Sol won ‘Best Fusion Artist/Group of the Year’ and ‘Best Music video’ award at the Kisima Music Awards in 2011.
- They won ‘Most Gifted East African’ award for their song ‘Shukuru’ featuring AY ( Tanzanian Rapper) at the Channel O Music Video Awards in 2012.
- They won ‘Most Gifted Afro Pop Video & Most Gifted East Africa Video’ award for their song’Money Love’ at MTV Awards in 2013.
- They got the ‘Best African Act’ award at the MTV EMA Awards in 2014.
- They got the ‘Best African Group’ award at All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMMA) in 2015.
- They won the ‘Best Group (Africa)’ award at MTV Africa Music Awards in 2016.
The group propelled the SOMA SOMA Initiative in 2012. SOMA SOMA Initiative helps to develop peer to peer mentorship amongst students in Kenya. The initiative identifies several educational institutions and gets partners to spread the message in these institutions and this initiative has touched so many lives.
Sauti Sol Net Worth
Sauti Sol is worth $3 million.