Who are Sauti Sol, the British Council Kenya World Voice Ambassadors?

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Sauti Sol
British Council World Voice Ambassadors, Sauti Sol. Photo: Twitter/@ke_British

Sauti Sol are a Kenyan afro-pop band formed in Nairobi in 2005 by vocalists Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano and Savara Mudigi in 2005. Initially the band were an acapella group, until guitarist Polycarp Otieno joined before they named themselves Sauti.

Saudi Sol’s debut studio album, Mwanzo, was released to critical acclaim on 1 November 2008.

Their second studio album, Sol Filosofia, was released on 25 February 2011, which earned the group a number of accolades and nominations in the process.

On 18 June 2012, the band released a self-titled extended play (EP) in collaboration with South African rapper and record producer Spoek Mathambo.

This was followed by their third studio album, Live and Die in Afrika, released online on the 21 November 2015. The album was made available to Sauti Sol fans globally as a free download for 48 hours as an early Christmas present with 400,000 downloads made during the free period.

The band has had successful tours in Africa and Europe, topped the Kenyan charts and gained international attention with shows in Europe and the US, as well as television appearances and various accolades and nominations, including their 2011 concert performance in Kenya with South African a capella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Sauti Sol have also received both local and international accolades and nominations including; Kisima Music Awards, Channel O Music Video Awards, MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act and BET Awards 2015.

Among their musical influences are British band Coldplay.

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