Crowned Best Group in Africa and touted as the giants of East African music: Sauti Sol (Kenya) release brand new single MELANIN featuring World Best Patoranking from Nigeria. Co-written by the talented Kenyan songwriter and singer: Nviiri The Storyteller and produced by Sauti Sol, MELANIN, becomes the debut single off of Sauti Sol’s upcoming music project titled AFRIKAN SAUCE LP – set for release over the next 12 months.
Multi-award winning Afro-pop group Sauti Sol, release a hot new single & full EMOJI (lyric) video FRIENDZONE, written and produced by Sauti Sol.The release is accompanied by a WhatsApp themed, conversation like, Emoji-only (lyric) video.
“Emoji texts are the new ‘means’ of communication and more specifically emotions like laughter, lust and love. We wanted to have fun with this concept seeing as the track we had needed visuals which best highlight these emotions as people nowadays communicate them. So we thought it was best to come up with such a video.” said Sauti Sol’s guitarist/producer, Polycarp.
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Legendary Reggae, Dancehall King Bebe Cool (Uganda) and MTV Best Group winners Sauti Sol (Kenya) are thrilled to announce the release of their new video titled ‘MBOZI ZA MALWA’, luganda for conversations that usually take place when friends are having a drink at the locals. The video was shot in Kampala (Uganda) at the Hilton hotel by the renowned music director, Sasha Vybz.
“Bebe Cool is truly a legend and working with him has been great a experience. We got to learn a lot from him throughout the entire audio creation process to the video production. We hope that the song will unify Kenyans and Ugandas more than ‘Matoke’ haha.’’ Said Sauti Sol
‘Watching Sauti Sol singing their verses in Luganda proves that music truly is a universal language for all mankind that we can use to communicate any message’ Bebe cool added in his statement”
East Africa’s music giants Bebe Cool (Uganda) and Sauti Sol (Kenya) are thrilled to announce the release of their new collabo titled ‘MBOZI ZA MALWA’, luganda for conversations that usually take place when friends are having a drink at their local joint. Written by Yesse Oman Rafiki and Sauti Sol, the song has a dancehall vibe and was recorded in Kampala, Uganda. Produced by Danz, co- arranged by Sauti Sol the song was mixed and mastered by Ogopa Inc.
Bebe Cool explains that: ‘In many African Communities if you want to know the latest gossip in around the communities, visit a local bar or high end bar with friends for a drink and all talk will rotate around what is making news in the community.’
‘We had an amazing time working with Bebe Cool. Our East African fans have been requesting for this and we hope they will love it as we do.’ Sauti Sol added in their statement.
This to announce an online dance contest between Kenyan girls and Ugandan girls as we eagerly await the video which will be out on the 24th of this month. Using the hashtag #MboziZaMalwa, the winner/s from each country will get to go head-to-head with each other. The ultimate winner/s will be announced by Bebe Cool on April 26th and will get the bragging rights of “The Best Dancer/s in East Africa, a chance to hang out with an artist of their choosing between Sauti Sol and Bebe Cool and take home a whopping $500. The contest will run from April 17th – April 26th. Follow @sautisol and @bebecool_ug for more details.
The rules are simple;
Go to SoundCloud and search for Mbozi za Malwa
Create your own dance video or with friends
Record and upload on Instagram using #MbozizaMalwa
Sauti Sol will repost videos from Kenya while Bebe Cool repost videos from Uganda.
Sauti Sol will pick the Kenyan winner/s and Bebe Cool to pick Ugandan winners
One final battle between Kenyan reps and Ugandan reps …Winner takes all.
The yearly AMM countdown returns and this time we bring you the top 16 artists from each region on the continent. Today we begin with East Africa , these guys have been at the top of their game and held it down for East Africa on the continent and on the world stage wth chart bursting singles and sold out shows and performances. Ladies and Gentlemen, sit back, relax and enjoy the exclusive African Muzik Magazine Top 16 East African Artists of 2016…
16. Knowles Butera – Rwanda
The AFRIMMA nominated songstress pops up as number 16 on our East African list maintaining a steady rising profile from the previous year. Taking her stage name from American R&B vocalist Beyoncé Knowles. Butera writes many of her own songs and is known as a strong entertainer, famous for her dancing and beauty. Her songs touch on such themes as romantic relationships, societal issues and daily life.
15. Rich Mavoko – Tanzania
Wasafi records signee Rich Mavoko makes our shortlist at number 15 with an increasingly growing musical presence across East Africa. After a string of catchy hits , he teamed up with label boss Diamond Platnumz on the infectious ‘Kokoro’ that has been ruling East African airwaves.
14. Octopizzo – Kenya
At number 14 we have the Kenyan rapping sensation Octopizzo who kept up consistency by releasing a string of tunes with his signature bars.The hip hop artist from Kibera, the largest slum in Africa and the Founder of the C.B.O. and youth group Y.G.B. (Young, Gifted, and Black), consisting of talented rappers, poets, graffiti artists, graphic artists, and dancers.
13. Juma Jux – Tanzania
Juma Mussa, is a Tanzanian R&B singer that records under the mononym JUX was born on September 1 1989 and grew up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Jux started doing music in 2005 by the age of 16 doing a rap kind of music. The fashionable Swahili R&B crooner has been on a steady rise in 2016 and deservedly earns his place at number 13 on our list.
12. King Kaka Sungura – Kenya
Formerly known as rabbit , name change has not affected the proficiency of Kenyan rap star King Kaka. The year 2016 saw the artist status elevated with international recognition following suit. Kaka’s efforts in 2016 were enough to earn him two AFRIMMA nominations and the dark skinned star is not resting on his oars with his current musical form.
11. Harmonize – Tanzania
Young hitmaker and Diamond Platnumz protege Harmonize has carved a niche of his own in the industry. Not content to stay in the shadows as understudy, Harmonize has grasped the opportunity presented by Wasafi records to show he is no flash in the pan. Songs like Matatizo earned multiple million views on youtube and crowning the year as AFRIMMA 2016 Best Newcomer.
10. Bebe Cool – Uganda
Bebe Cool has been an ever present on the Ugandan musical charts. The multi award winning crooner has shown a consistency that has dazzled the entire region over the years.Bebe Cool is a top African reggae and ragga musician from Uganda. He started his career around 1997 in Nairobi, Kenya, but a few years later he moved back to his native country. He also earned an AFRIMMA nomination in the outgoing year.
9. Radio and Weasel & MC Norman – Uganda
At number 9 we have a tie between Radio and Weasel as well as reggea star MC Norman all from Uganda. Radio Weasel provided a string of consistent hits this year and massive collaborations with Wizkid only set their stock higher culminating in an AFRIMMA nomination for Best African group.
Same can be said for MC Norman whose stock has also been on the rise and he ensured a productive 2016 by dishing out materials through out the year and in the process bagging his 3rd AFRIMMA nomination.
8. Victoria Kimani – Kenyan
Kenyan sultry star and Choc City singer Victoria Kimani occupies the number 8 spot after an impressive 2016 that threw up her debut album ‘Safari’. If Victoria Kimani had been showing potentials before, then 2016 was the year she took the game by the gruff of the neck bagging numerous collaborations and awards as well as sold out performances.
7. J Chameleone – Uganda
Yet another Ugandan superstar as we continue our countdown. Legendary East African star J Chameleone is an epitome of consistency in East African Music. Sitting atop the game even with an influx of tale nt is no mean feat and the veteran impressively held his own as one of the stand out stars of East African music in 2016. J Chameleone topped the charts and drew multitudes to his shows showing he is well and alive as well as one of the best from the East.
6 . Akothee – Kenya
One noticeable thing about the East African music scene in the outgoing year is the fact that the females are giving the men a run for their money. Akothee AFRIMMA 2016 Best Female East Africa comes up at number 6 ,the ‘Alhaji’ crooner has had a very impressive year with collaborations with top acts like Flavour and Diamond Platnumz as well as crowning it with the AFRIMMA award in Dallas. She ended the year on a high by dropping the highly anticipated single ‘Benefactor’ along with the visuals.
5. Eddy kenzo – Uganda
Eddy kenzo the sitya loss crooner is crowd dazzler any day and he seems to only be getting better with the years. Since bursting on to the scene internationally he has maintained an impressive profile as one of the most sought after East African artists. Eddy is without any doubts one of the top performers in the continent and deservesly comes in at number 5 of AMM Top 16 East African ARtists of 2016.
4. Vanessa Mdee – Tanzania
East Africa’s sonorous voiced nightingale Vanessa Mdee affectionately called Vee Money is without a doubt one of the top draws of female East African musicians. After dominating in 2015, she further consolidated in 2016 and is one of the genuine superstars of East African music. The petite star combines beauty with a dazzling voice that keeps the ear glued to her sounds.
3. Ali Kiba – Tanzania
Sony signed Ali Kiba perhaps had one of the most stunning in years in African music in 2016. Few years in doldrums was topped by a record breaking return that included a clean sweep of Kilimanjaro awards. Not content with that he took his game to the international level bagging a deal with Sony music . His song ‘Aje’ is arguably one of the hottest East African songs of 2016.
2. Diamond Platnumz – Tanzania
Diamond Platnumz the golden boy of East African music is our number 2 on the list for 2016 and could easily have been number one. No East African artists commaneds as much attention as Diamond Platnumz and he has built a head of steam as one of Africa’s premiere artsist. 2016 was no different , hit singles, sold out shows, world tours as well as shiny awards. Diamond Platnumz reign is not ending any time soon that much we can tell from what he provided in 2016.
1. Sauti Sol – Kenya
Top of the pile we have Sauti Sol from Kenya. Kenya’s favourite boy band serenaded the whole continent with their smooth vibes and delivery during the outgoing year. Songs like ‘Kuliko Jana’, ‘Unconditional Bae’ beacme a permanent fixture on the minds and lips of many. Sauti Sol ended the year as AFRIMMA 2016 Best African Group as well as MAMA’s 2016 Best African Group which is no mean feat considering the illustrious names they beat to the award.
The star keeps shining for Kenya’s most accomplished boy band, Sauti Sol.
The Afropop band has scored another huge accolade in their musical career by drawing inspiration from the late Amy Winehouse.
Amy Jade Winehouse was a Grammy Award winning English singer and songwriter. Her second album, Back to Black led to five 2008 Grammy Awards and made her the first British female to win five Grammys.
The album posthumously became, for a time, the UK’s best-selling album of the 21st century.
She died of alcohol poisoning on 23 July 2011, aged 27.
However, her memory, music, and elements that made the album a huge success remain and our very own Sauti Sol got to experience them.
In their current tour of USA, Sauti Sol got to record with the microphone Amy Winehouse used to record Back to Black in the same studio she used and with the very same producer, Mark Ronson.
The band’s member, Fancy Fingers, could not contain his excitement as he posted a video on the gram showing off the microphone.
He wrote, “Amy Winehouse used this microphone to record her Rehab album. Last night Sauti Sol recorded on this very microphone in the very same studio with the very same producer! Yikes!!! God is good.”
“East African musical giants and multiple award winning act; Sauti Sol (Kenya) release a game-changing music video for KULIKO JANA, off their third album: Live and Die in Afrika. The meaning behind the song is; the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end – they are new every morning.” Featuring Redfourth Chorus (Upper Hill School), the song’s beautiful yet powerful message has stormed the charts and resonated with fans across Africa and beyond.
A viral clip of Sauti Sol in an a-cappella version of KULIKO JANA with the Redfourth Chorus caught the attention of international celebrities and media to the point where Amber Riley, star of the Emmy award-winning Show Glee, posted on Instagram, “I don’t understand what they’re saying but I know it’s beautiful. Sounds angelic- anyone know if there’s a full video?” Other celebrities who posted the viral video include Master P, Anthony Hamilton, Jb Smoove and WorldstarHipHop, among other international news sites.”