Award winning group Sauti Sol celebrate more than ten years of friendship this year! What began as a high school friendship ended up forming the a multi-award winning afro pop group and the best group in Africa based on a lifelong bond between brothers.
Speaking on their friendship, Bien said, “Savara and I meet 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 hangout with him to boost our status. ,’
“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 endeavors. ” Added, Savara Mudigi (Producer, vocalist and drummer, Sauti Sol).
The group was formed in 2005 as an acappella 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)
The same was echoed by Chimano who said, “Yes, I am the smallest in the group in regard to my body stature but I happen to have the biggest voice so no one can bully me. Our bond made us more than brothers to a point where my mum would whip Savara if he grew some horns(Giggles). Adding, “You can tell by the reaction we get on social media every time we post a throwback picture of us that our image has really metamorphosed over time. For most past of our careers coming up we used to live together. This meant even sharing colognes and outfits so that we would look the part. I wouldn’t trade those moments and these guys for anything in the world.”
The group is currently trending with their latest emoji lyric video “Friendzone”. Enjoy: