“Sauti Sol’s Albums: Journeying Through Time in Their Albums – Rediscovering the Roots of Musical Brilliance!”

It was in the year 2005 where the founding fathers of sauti sol started there music career to make incredible music that has quality, talent and a message that touches the hearts of many people. The group’s founding father were Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano, Polycarp Otieno, and Savara Mudigi been young boys in highschool off to start their musical journey.

From that point, They began performing together as an a cappella group, honing their musical skills and developing a unique sound that would later become their signature Afro-pop style.

in their early days of having to make music, they faced financial difficulties and resource limitations, Sauti Sol also had to contend with the usual obstacles faced by many budding musicians: the difficulty of breaking through in the cutthroat music industry.

They overcame these obstacles thanks to their perseverance, love of music, devotion to their craft, and desire to produce genuine and meaningful content.

The turning point came with the release of their debut album, “Mwanzo,” in 2009 in which it gained local recognition and set the foundation for their startup success. Over the years, Sauti Sol continued to refine their sound, experiment with various genres, and explore innovative ways to connect with their fans all over the world.

But before we dive deep to know the kind of hits have been released so far since their first album, below are some nips and tips of the old albums that were made by this legendary band to the current album that have always been a straight up hit.

1. Sauti sol – “Mwanzo” (2008)

Today, “Mwanzo” remains a cornerstone of Sauti Sol’s legacy. It is not just an album; it’s a testament to the band’s early vision and determination to make a mark in the music industry.

Today, “Mwanzo” remains a cornerstone of Sauti Sol’s legacy. It is not just an album; it’s a testament to the band’s early vision and determination to make a mark in the music industry.

“Mwanzo,” was released in the year 2008. The title, meaning “beginning” in Swahili, reflects not just an initiation into the music industry but a profound exploration of identity, culture, and artistic expression.

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The album laid the foundation for their distinctive sound, one that would evolve and mature by time having to show case the kind of talent they had at the time. It clearly show that this is where it all began on their journey to the main stream music scene been featured on Televsion, Radios and also sold out dvd’s.

the album consists of 13 song like Blue Uniform, Asubuhi, lazizi, Mafunzo ya dunia, zosi, wera, Mama papa, interlude, subira, mapacha, Mushivala, sunny days, Nairobi and Asante sana baba. In the album had featured an artist by the name Stan which they were under the label Penya kenya at the time.

This first break scene in the mainstream music scene gave them the skill, mentality and great foundation to what will come years after the “mwanzo” album was released.

Having been a very old Album, it deserves to be guarded as like a national treasure to remember the humble up rise of the most outstanding african music group coming from kenya itself.

2. sauti sol – Sol filosofia (2011)

Building on the foundation laid by their debut album “Mwanzo,” “Sol Filosofia” represents a significant evolution in Sauti Sol’s sound. The band continued to experiment with different genres, incorporating elements of Afro-fusion, reggae, and contemporary pop.

Building on the foundation laid by their debut album “Mwanzo,” “Sol Filosofia” represents a significant evolution in Sauti Sol’s sound. The band continued to experiment with different genres, incorporating elements of Afro-fusion, reggae, and contemporary pop. The result is an album that feels both familiar and groundbreaking, reflecting the band’s commitment to pushing musical boundaries.

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“Sol Filosofia.” was Released in 2011, under the record label penya kenya with having some of the most nostalgic sounds that can make peruse the old memories while you listen to it. Especially “soma kijana” and “Coming home” were very succesful music videos been released at the time.

The Album had 12 beautiful songs which were Row your boat, Bowana lelisu, sofia, Mbinguni, soma kijana, coming home, Nambee, malikia, sol generation, Awinja, L.A.D.Y and private spice.

“Soma kijana” was the lead song of the album that urged young people to take their education more seriously and became main sensational at the time for the young people who vibed and danced to the song as soon as it was released.

Apart from “soma kijana”, one music video from the song “coming Home” got to win an award of the best music video awards at Kisima music awards in the year 2011.

This awards and the spotlight they got for their success gave them the confidence to come up with more music which later a new album emerged of which came to set the band to higher success like never before.

3. Sauti sol – Live and Die in Afrika (2015)

In 2015, Sauti Sol, the Kenyan Afro-pop sensation, unveiled their album, “Live and Die in Afrika.” This album represented a harmonious blend of diverse African rhythms, a testament to the group’s commitment to showcasing the continent’s rich musical tapestry.

In 2015, Sauti Sol, the Kenyan Afro-pop sensation, unveiled their album, “Live and Die in Afrika.” This album represented a harmonious blend of diverse African rhythms, a testament to the group’s commitment to showcasing the continent’s rich musical tapestry.

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After 4 years of no release from them and a big comeback in the music scene, “Live and Die Afrika” was the first album that got a real online experience when the age of the internet was taking a good shape in the country as the song was been downloaded and streamed in various online platforms where people could easily access.

The album strategically featured guest appearances and joint efforts that added layers of depth to the musical narratives. Songs like “Afrikan star” featuring the talented Nigerian artist, Burna Boy, and the collaboration with Ali Kiba in “Unconditionally Bae” showcased the group’s commitment to cross-cultural partnerships.

Been a commercial success two songs showed a real great success like “sura yako” and “kuliko Jana”. In the track list had 15 songs such as: sura yako, Live and Die in Afrika, say yeah, isabella, it’s okay, Nishike, Dollar Dollar, Still the one, kiss me, Nerea, kuliko jana, sambo party nipe nikupe, shake yo bam bam and relax.

Artists who did a great contributions in this albums were: Amos, josh, Aaron rimbui and Redforth chorus. Sauti Sol’s ability to marry infectious hooks with substantive narratives elevates the album beyond mere entertainment, making it a thought-provoking exploration of African consciousness.

Half a decade since its release, “Live and Die in Afrika” endures as a cultural touchstone, influencing conversations on African identity and leaving an indelible mark on the global music scene.

4. Sauti sol – Afrikan sauce (2019)

In 2019, Sauti Sol expanded their musical repertoire with the release of “Afrikan Sauce,” an ambitious project that not only solidified their status as Africa’s musical trailblazers but also demonstrated the power of collaboration in the modern music landscape.

In 2019, Sauti Sol expanded their musical repertoire with the release of “Afrikan Sauce,” an ambitious project that not only solidified their status as Africa’s musical trailblazers but also demonstrated the power of collaboration in the modern music landscape.

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This 13-track masterpiece was released under their own label sauti sol entertainment which drove fans crazy.

The hallmark of “Afrikan Sauce” lies in its collaborative spirit. Each track features collaborations with artists from different African countries, resulting in a musical fusion that transcends borders.

From the reggae-infused vibes of “Melanin” featuring Patoranking to the Afro-funk fusion of “Short N Sweet” with Nyashinski, the album showcases the versatility of Sauti Sol while highlighting the collective strength of Africa’s vibrant music scene.

An album like this one really marinated in people ears and made to see the kind of course the band were making at the time. It was different, yet more focused to get a good scene and attention in the Afropop genre.

The Album which was game changer in their career got an award for the Album of year award from All africa music awards in 2019.

5. Sauti sol – Midnight train (2020)

In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Sauti Sol released “Midnight Train” in 2020, offering a musical sanctuary for listeners navigating the uncertainties of those unprecedented times. The album serves as a testament to the resilience of creativity in the face of adversity.

In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Sauti Sol released “Midnight Train” in 2020, offering a musical sanctuary for listeners navigating the uncertainties of those unprecedented times. The album serves as a testament to the resilience of creativity in the face of adversity.

“Suzanna,” became a standout track from Sauti Sol’s “Midnight Train,” emerged as a chart-topping hit, thanks to the collaborative brilliance of Nviiri the Storyteller, Ivan Kwizera on bass guitar, Humphrey Otieno on live drums, and Gituamba on additional keys.

The soul-stirring track “Brighter days” featured a powerful collaboration with the renowned Soweto Gospel Choir, adding a global dimension to Sauti Sol’s Afro-pop roots. The Album also had more featured artists like India arie, Bensoul, Nvirri the story teller, Kaskazini, sho madjozi and Black motion making it a hit.

“Midnight Train” transcended the boundaries of a conventional album. It became a testament to Sauti Sol’s adaptability and resilience as artists, navigating the complexities of love, self-discovery, and human connection during a period of global isolation.

In an ever changing music industry in kenya for almost a decade or so, this music group have mad big strides as artists who have survived the different paving ways of industries trends, challenges and kept it together for so long making a great legacy for themselves.

As much as they were separated in 2023 after 18 years of the brilliance art work and career, their songs will still marinate our ears, some of them will make us to reminisce the old good days when they were still together.

Having been a legacy for such a long time, Sauti sol deserves a national Hallmarks of the music industry In kenya for there’s no such band as great as Sauti sol that have made it so far like they have today.

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