Well Kenyan music is finally getting the recognition it deserves and it seems the world loves it. Sauti Sol have won this year’s Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
This is huge since they are the first Kenyan based band to bring the accolade home. They actually beat the likes of Diamond from Tanzania, Davido from Nigeria, Toofan from Togo and Goldfish from South Africa. They are now the only African ambassadors at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
This means they have made into the prestigious Worldwide Act award category as one of the 10 nominees. Fans will have a week to vote and the winner of the category will be announced in Glasgow, Scotland, at a show hosted by Nicki Minaj. Some of the international awards that sauti sol has managed to bag so far include the UK’s BEFFTA Awards, the Museke Online Africa Music Awards and the Channel O Africa Music Video Awards.
Who is Sauti Sol?
Sauti Sol is an afro-pop band that is Kenyan based, it comprises of 4 members namely, Bien-Aimé Baraza (vocalist, guitarist ), Willis Chimano (vocalist), Delvin Savara Mudigi (vocalist, drummer) and Polycarp Otieno (guitarist). The group was formed in 2005 as an a capella group.
They currently have three albums out, Mwanzo which was released in 2008, Sol Filosofia which was released in 2011 and Live and Die in Afrika which was released in 2014.