After 18 years of music industry activity, Kenyan boyband Sauti Sol at the start of this week announced that it will soon take an indefinite hiatus. The band announced in a public statement that its four members would split up to concentrate on their respective musical endeavors. Although the band indicated that the split would be temporary, many people involved in the music business think it will last forever.
— SAUTI SOL (@sautisol) May 20, 2023
“While the indefinite hiatus marks the end of a specific chapter, it also represents a new beginning for Sauti Sol. As close friends and business partners, the band members, Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano, Polycarp Otieno, and Savara Mudigi, are eager to explore fresh creative avenues and embark on personal endeavors. However, their friendship and shared vision will continue to be the driving force behind their future projects,”” a section of the statement read.
Before parting ways, Sauti Sol will start a global music tour. Bien Baraza, Polycarp Otieno, Willis Chimano, and Savara Mugidi, four musicians, will perform for fans in five U.S. cities before traveling to ten more locations in Europe and four more places in Canada.
The band has received accolades from the majority of fans for its outstanding hit songs over the course of almost 20 years. With hit songs including “Suzanna,” “Sura Yako,” “Extravaganza,” “Kuliko Jana,” “Melanin,” “Rhumba Japani,” “Short N Sweet,” “Feel My Love,” and “nenda Lote,” among many others, the band dominated the radio.