It’s not easy keeping a musical group intact for ten years and it becomes more complicated if the group is so successful. But Kenyan award winning group Sauti Sol have been able to stay together for ten years and counting.
Sauti Sol celebrated more than ten years of friendship and music yesterday and this was all possible because of the bond between them ever since high school.
‘Savara (Mudigi) and I met in our first year of high school but we did not like each other. We didn’t talk again up until we were in form three and we were in the school talent platform called “Voices in the Light”. Chimano joined us in form three and since he was small, people bullied him. We took it upon ourselves to protect him and we’ve been friends ever since…Plus he was way cooler than us thus we wanted to hangout with him to boost our status,’ Bien (Songwriter, guitarist and performer) said.
“Real friends push each other to achieve greatness together. From the moment we met, we knew what and where we wanted be in future. The fact that we had a common goal and the desire to succeed helped us to work harder and persist in our endeavours. ” Added, Savara Mudigi (Producer, vocalist and drummer, Sauti Sol)
The group was formed in 2005 as an a cappella group by Bien-aime Baraza, Willis Austin Chimano and Savara Mudigi, who had met at the Upper Hill High School and performed in Voices in the Light, a music group at the school as SAUTI. They then met guitarist Polycarp “Fancy Fingers” Otieno, who attended Strathmore School, at the Alliance Française in Nairobi, where they would frequent and decided to form Sauti (Swahili for “voice”) and immediately wrote their first song, “Mafunzo ya Dunia” (Literally: lessons of the world), which would later feature in their debut studio album Mwanzo. The group later added the Spanish word “SOL” (sun) to their name and formed Sauti Sol (Voices in the Sun).
“The journey to becoming the biggest group in Africa has been all smooth as many would think. Being a quartet made up of four different and strong personalities mean we all have to compromise every now and then to make it work. Like another friendship or relationship, we’ve had our fair share of disagreements, fights and quarrels but we always make it work at the end of the day because; before all the fame and money, all we had was each other.” Said, Polycarp (Guitarist, Producer, Composer and Arranger – Sauti Sol)
“Yes, I am the smallest in the group in regard to my body stature but I also happen to have the biggest voice so no one can bully me. Our bond made us more than brother to a point where my mom could whip Savara if he grew some horns,”Chimano concluded