Sauti Sol issue apology to the President, and it’s very shady

Sauti Sol issue apology to the President, and it’s very shady
  • Sauti Sol vocalist Bien recently caused a stir within the creative community after revealing the Studio Mashinani project was the band’s idea
  • They have now apologised for calling out the President

On March 17th Bien posted these damning words online, “On December 29 2015 I had the honor to meet with His Excellency The President in Statehouse Mombasa. The agenda was Kenya Music Industry and Youth. Myself and my @sautisol brothers shared a proposal called STUDIO MASHINANI with His Excellency. It was an extensive project involving Music studios, community radio, ICT Centers and Libraries with the spirit of community service. We were further instructed to give the proposal to Bruce Odhiambo who was at the time Chair of the Youthfund office. We teamed up with Raphael Obonyo @raph_obonyo Cedric Kadenyi tighten the whole proposal with budgets and standard operating systems for the project. The Proposal was sent to the relevant parties. Only to wake up today a year and some months later to see the project being launched countrywide by a JAMAICAN ARTIST!!!!!! NOT EVEN A KENYAN!!!!!I am not in any way implying that The President has a hand in this because he deals with millions of things and this may just be one of those that he delegated. I feel so robbed. I plan to make everything public soon. Just so that the ones who want to can learn from it.”

READ ALSO: Sauti Sol’s Bien takes on Government over ‘Studio Mashinani’

Known for not mincing he words he was not amused by the launch of the Studio Mashinani project championed by visiting Jamaican artistes Luciano, Richie Spice and Etana, without any credit to the band. After posting the harsh words, the singer received nothing but support from other artistes.

Bien had plans to reveal details the underhand dealings that took place but then this was posted by the band 2 days ago.

A post shared by SAUTI SOL 🇰🇪 (@sautisol) on

READ ALSO: King Kaka, Juacali, & Sanaipei light up Nakuru for Sauti Sol X Chrome Mega Bash (PHOTOS)

This otherwise wordless post does not align with the initial sentiment of the band. Even more telling is this;

In a now deleted comment, the band’s publicist Anyiko Owoko, claims that she did not write this press statement.

Weirdly enough, the band has not made any other reference to this apology since then and people are not happy.

“They forced you to draft this even after stealing your idea? Shame on them?, wrote michkatami. “Was thinking the same.. And the funny enough their next gig after the apology is a Government event. This is a classic example of how Kenya works..Everything is corrupt!,” justus_mwakideu pointed out.

Were they actually forced or are other things underfoot? Because this entire apology seems strange.

READ ALSO: Damn! Sauti Sol’s Chimano shares unrecognisable TBT photo

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