SAUTI SOL was formed in 2006 by four friends who love music and giving people fantastic musical experiences. They started out playing at family events around Nairobi before realizing it was possible to turn their passion into a career. Bien, Chimano, Polycarp and Savara have since honed their craft and become the most celebrated Kenyan act of all time.
Today, their music is a blend of resonant pop lyrics with traditional Kenyan influences and soulful vocals that resonates with listeners all over the world.
Appropriately crowned the Best African Act at the MTV European Music Awards, their performances are an exuberant expression of musicianship where all their unique talents come together as one to give audiences an experience filled with energy, dancing and a whole lot of fun.
Their self-produced album Live and Die in Afrika (LADIA, 2015) received major critical acclaim and propelled them to a level of success seldom reached by East African artists. The album included hits such as Still the One and the break out single Sura Yako that launched the group to international markets. This is the song that got the band global press coverage as even Obama danced along at his state visit to Kenia! With the success of LADIA, Sauti Sol went on to share the stage with industry heavyweights such as Coldplay and Pearl Jam. Additionally they self-produced the first Kenyan nationwide tour playing in six cities for audiences of over 6.000 people.
Their current project is the Afrikan Sauce LP, a collaborative effort featuring the biggest artists on the continent such as Patoranking, Tiwa Savage and Burna Boy. A tour-de-force of African ingenuity, the lead single, Melanin, was an instant hit with the vibrant video garnering a whooping 4.6 million views on YouTube within a month of release. To date this is the only video by a Kenyan artist to hit over 10 million views.
The band’s first global project is the Melanin World Tour which will see Sauti Sol perform in four continents, over 15 countries and numerous cities! From Australia to Canada, Malawi to Finland Sauti Sol will be giving their fans unforgettable experiences backed by an endless number of hits.
Sauti Sol is:
Polycarp Otieno (aka Fancy Fingers) – guitarist, composer and producer
Willis Chimano – vocalist, keytar and saxophone player
Savara Mudigi – vocalist, producer, drummer and DJ
Bien-Aime Baraza – vocalist, songwriter and guitarist