Nigerians were a little disappointed at the inability of Kenyan a capella/afro pop band, Sauti Sol to perform at the Gidi Fest, but that disappointment is to be short lived, as the singing five are preparing to make up for it with a show of their own in NIgeria.
The group, comprising of Bien-Aime Baraza, Savara Mudigi, Willis Austin Chimano and Polycarp Otieno, have said that though they were disappointed by the rain stopping hindering their well-anticipated performance at the Gidi Fest, they will return to Nigeria soon “to do a show for the Nigerian people.”
Speaking during a recent interview, the group explained how they started off:
“Well, we have always been together since Upper Hill high school where we all attended. We started up as an a capella band back in high school. Even after we left, it became a kind of tradition for every set to have an a capella choir. We even featured our old school’s RedFourth Chorus on the video to “Kuliko Jana”.
On their inability to perform at Gidifest, they said:
“The rain really denied Nigerians of witnessing a great performance, but we promise we’ll be back to do a show for our Nigerian people. We were really looking forward to the show, we had a live band and all that, but alas because of the rain, it was impossible to perform.”
They also visited Afrika Shrine and were amazed at the live experience of Fela’s music:
“Wow! That was the best experience we’ve ever had. We were there with Davido and Diplo. It felt like we were in a trance. The experience of Femi Kuti’s music was powerful. We have never seen anything quite like it. It was like being in another world entirely”
Speaking about his reaction to Burna Boy’s visit to Kenya last year, Savara said:
“I was just putting some sense into people. People were complaining about Burna Boy because he was smoking weed in the show and all. You know my people have not experienced a show like at the Shrine. As long as you are an artist and you have a good song, they want a grand performance. So, I was just telling them not to blame the artist.”
On working with Nigerian producers, the group agreed that YBNL’s Pheelz is great:
“We are currently working with Pheelz. Pheelz the producer is sick! We are also working with Krizbeatz, Vtek, Kiddominant and Masterkraft.”
Bien-Aime’s favorite Nigerian song had to be Davido’s ‘If’:
“Err… (sings) “Thirty Billion for the account oh!” I love that song.”
On Savara’s current favorite Nigerian artiste:
“I like Davido, Adekunle Gold, Burna Boy and so many others. The contributions Nigerian artistes are making in the music scene is unparalleled. Look at Simi, she’s not putting out records like that, but her contributions in terms of mixing is not disputable. I love Tiwa Savage too.”
Polycarp’s most memorable place visited in Nigeria is “The Shrine! Without any doubt. It was amazing!”
Willis’ craziest fan moment in Nigeria “has to be at the Shrine. Any question you ask right now has to be the shrine. The atmosphere there is just out of this world.”
The group prefers not to be dragged into the Nigerian and Ghanaian Jollof rivalry though. Thank goodness.
Written by Clement Oluwasegun