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Sauti Sol – Afrikan Sauce Album Review

Short n Sweet

Sauti Sol are on a league of their own. Ever since they broke out in the music industry, their goal seems to have been to get better with every album release. This has seen them being recognized internationally and well appreciated here at home. To put it simply, they have changed the Kenyan music industry.

Afrikan Sauce is their latest project and are branching out to the rest of the continent. Local competition seems to be child play to them so they are taking the continent by storm. Well, are they making any progress or have they hit a wall? They are definitely making progress.

What I like

There is one thing that stands out to me about this album; it’s how Sauti Sol embraces several cultures from various parts of the continent but still upholds Kenya’s culture up high. It’s strange how it fits so well but it works and I like it. Explains why they consider it as an African Pop album.

How did they get to embraced several cultures? Easy, they collaborated with artists from various parts of the continent. Not all cultures were embraced like South African Music but the choices we are given here are sufficiently good. From Nigerian acts (Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy), Ghana (Patoranking), Kenya (Khaligraph Jones, Nyashinski), Uganda (Bebe Cool), Tanzania (Vanessa Mdee), and others, you will definitely enjoy this album.

Another reason why you will enjoy it is because of the familiarity with the songs. I can guarantee you that you have heard at least 9 out of the 13 songs offered in the album somewhere in the past one year or so. This is due to good marketing of singles (which did well) and good production. Speaking of the production, it is fantastic. I still can’t believe that these guys produce most of their songs. Are they the only genuine music artists in Kenya right now? Because I’m kind of tired of listening to songs with producers watermarking their songs. Not to mention the fact that those watermarks aren’t that good either.

What I don’t like

13 songs. Not a problem really because it is just one song above the recommended 12. The reason why I’m bringing up this issue is because of the song Tulale Fofofo. Oh dear. That must be the corniest song I have ever heard from Sauti Sol. It’s okay but the lyrics are cringe worthy. In my opinion, they should leave it out.

Yeah, I hate it. What are you going to do?

The Verdict

Again, Sauti Sol are on their own league and this record cements their legacy in the Kenyan industry. What I particularly appreciate about them is how they represent us well in the continental and international scene. Hats off to you guys. 9.4/10

Favorite Songs

  • Love Again
  • Special Somebody
  • Tujiangalie
  • Short ‘n’ Sweet
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