Sauti Sol [Photo: Courtesy]

It’s official, boy band Sauti Sol have been enlisted as performers in global beach festival, Afro Nation, that will take place in July 2021 at Algarve Portimao, Portugal. In a stacked line-up, the group will play alongside Tory Lanez, French Montana, Sho Madjozi, Diamond Platnumz, Koffee, Chronixx and other stars such as Beenie Man, Popcaan, Mavado, Rick Ross, Yemi Alade and Teni.

Tickets range from as low as Sh15,000 to Sh25,000 in the three-day festival, while VIP section tickets go from Sh25,000 to Sh40,000 without accommodation. Sauti Sol were set to go on tour for their fifth album Midnight Train, across Africa, Europe, and the US before the lockdowns stopped them.

The revelation that they have missed almost up to 40 shows and millions of shillings in revenue has been a stinging reality of how hard the year has been for performing artistes, but there are hopes that 2021 will be better for fans and musicians too.

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Trace Live Concerts

In other news, after going for a break in the last month, the virtual Trace Live Concerts starts for the second season this weekend, with Ohangla gracing our screens and digital devices. The concerts, ‘a unique, intimate and interactive showcase of Kenyan music,’ are a celebration of what it means to be Kenyan. On Saturday, Ohangla musician Musa Jakadala will go head-to-head with Prince Indah.

Musa Jakadala [Photo: Courtesy]

“The essence of the Trace Cultural Festivals is to appreciate the art form of music in the vernacular while celebrating our cultural identity that defines us. Music makes it easy to unite and help people relate to others who come from different cultures,” said Danny Mucira MD Trace Eastern Africa adding that the shift to cultural festivals is the organisation’s way to promote vernacular artistes and showcase them on an international platform. Kamba music and Mugithi are on the menu.

Nadia Mukami

After suffering a major setback when YouTube deleted her song Tesa, which features Fena Gitu and rapper Khaligraph Jones, Nadia Mukami is ecstatic after the video was uploaded much to the relief of her fans. The song, which had almost hit the million mark views in its first week, had been pulled down after claims of infringement of copyright by singer Varsatile.

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“It’s so petty that they filed a copyright strike claiming that the guitar loop sounded like his and we had to wait for YouTube to decide if it really did,” she disclosed. “Eventually, it turns out we were good and YouTube turned down their malicious intent. I’d have loved to shame them online, but I don’t want to give anyone a 100k views overnight. I just want my fans to enjoy the release,” she added. Days after the song was given the OK, it has over a million views. “It was long days,” she exclaimed.