As my friend says – the only way to reconcile yourself with Sauti Sol’s existence is by pretending Mwanzo never existed.
ANYWAY, Sauti Sol has been releasing music with corresponding videos in anticipation of their Afrikan Sauce LP in November 2018.
The latest offering is this nostalgic look at the past, featuring Khaligraph Jones.
Is the message from the video that they also miss the Mwanzo days? HA! I wish.
If you were to watch the video without listening to what they are saying, you would think it was a song about their story from when they began the journey. But no, it’s much more than that. It is about music as love, about the journey, about haters (who remembers when they wrote about those who were hating on them because they went to the gym?), about even if they had to do it again (REWIND!!)they would still make the same choices.
I guess Sauti Sol. I guess. Your lyrics are much improved in this one. Whew. I mean.
Now as for Khaligraph, he is begrudgingly growing on me – and I could actually follow what his story was and yeah, I kinda get it. I liked his feature on this.
But you know who shines in this song? Polycarp. And I am here for it. It’s about time. I hope he gets to shine more. Rock on!
Are they using the same person for their beats? Because that person needs a shoutout, their formula on catchiness is ace.
I am rooting for Le Band with everything in me. I am also hoping they change their name at some point but maybe they like it so much, I don’t know. Anyway, love this song of theirs and even if at times I know I am not the target market for their music, I respect their hustle.
Now onto their video:
If you’ve followed me on twitter you know I think we should stop dancing in our music videos. Rarely is there a Kenyan urban music video where the dancing makes sense. This video is no different. The three ladies dancing are off. Also, the two gents dancing with Fidel are off. I have to say that Fidel does the dancing bit quite well and hats off to him. (please watch this recent video for how dancing works in a music video).
There are little things that need to be done better like wardrobe, make up, editing but I am being a bit soft on them because they are new-ish in the industry but I do hope that they continue to improve their craft (including vocal coaching).
And let me just say Fidel SHINES in this video. SHINES. Go on ahead, young man.
Le Band have been on my radar for a while so it was good news to hear they had a new video out featuring Khaligraph. I was hoping for something different, something unique. What did I get? A rather lacklustre video to be quite honest.
For a song that is all about love, love that is meant to be genuine, a lot of it seems forced and Papa Jones just stands there. And the makeup?? (There is a behind the scenes video and a lot of work seems to have been put in but still, aki, we can try a little more)
Dig the part with Fidel on the street but the dancers are a distraction. The party scene brought back hints of H_art the band and hope Le Band stay original.