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After 18 years, Kenyan music group, Sauti Sol announces break-up

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Kenyan music group, Sauti Sol has announced the break up of the boy band after 18 years of its formation.

The group, which made the surprise announcement on their official Instagram page on Monday, revealed that they would be going their separate ways after “18 successful years in the industry.”

The group, which is set to embark on a world tour, said it would take an “indefinite hiatus from the Kenyan music scene after the end of the tour.”

The Sauti Sol band is scheduled to perform in five US cities, 10 Europe cities and four in Canada before a final performance alongside Boys II Men on June 10 and 11 in Nairobi.

They are also scheduled for a final performance at the third edition of the Sol Fest in Nairobi on December 16, 2023.

Sauti Sol has been an incredible journey for us, both as musicians and friends. We are filled with gratitude for the love and support we have received throughout the years,” the group statement said.

“While we take this hiatus to pursue our individual and collective passions, we remain committed to our friendship and our shared businesses.”

“The bond between us is unbreakable, and we are excited for what the future holds,” it added.

Sauti Sol is a popular music group made up of vocalists Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano, and Savara Mudigi, along with guitarist Polycarp Otieno.

Formed in 2005, the award-winning group has released back-to-back hits such as “Sura Yako” “Unconditionally Bae” “Midnight Train” and more.

The band has performed across Africa, Europe and the US, topping Kenyan charts, while winning accolades such as Kisima Music Awards, Channel O Music Video Awards, MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act and BET Awards.

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South African singer Tyla clears air on race controversy, accepts being a black woman

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Grammy award-winning South African singer, Tyla, has cleared the air on a recent controversy surrounding her race as being either a coloured or a black woman.

The “Water” crooner, who made the clarification during an appearance on New York City’s Power 105.1 radio morning show, “The Breakfast Club”, hosted by controversial hosts, Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy, and Jess Hilarious, accepted that she was truly a black woman rather than coloured.

During the interview, the hosts probed the singer about her racial identity as a coloured woman from South Africa, to which her management asked that she not touch on the topic.

During the last leg of the conversation which mostly focused on her global crossover and musical growth, Charlamagne switched gears abruptly from discussing Tyla’s work-life balance to her identity.

“School me on these debates that they be having about your identity as a South African Coloured person. What does that even mean?”

“I have never denied my blackness, I don’t know where that came from. I’m mixed with black/Zulu, Irish, Mauritian/Indian and coloured.

“In ‘Southa’ I would be classified as a coloured woman and other places I would be classified as a black woman. Race is classified differently in different parts of the world,” Tyla was quoted as saying.

Writing on her X handle after the interview, she said:

“I don’t expect to be identified as coloured outside ‘Southa’ by anyone not comfortable doing so because I understand the weight of that word outside SA.

“To close this conversation, I’m both coloured in South Africa and a black woman. With that being said, Asambeee,” she added in Zulu which means “let’s go.”

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Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ breaks US record with one billion streams

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Nigerian Afrobeats sensation, Divine Ikubor, popularly known as Rema, has broken another music record after his hit song, “Calm Down”, became the first African song to earn one billion on-demand streams in the United States.

According to American Music Stats Company, Chart Data, “Calm Down” earned over one billion on-demand streams in the US in a new compilation of streams on different musical genres.

Since its release in 2022, the single has garnered attention even with its remixx featuring Selena Gomez, soaring to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a feat rarely seen for Afrobeats tracks.

The single was also the first Afrobeats song to top the American radio chart, making it the first song in its category to achieve this and in turn, making Rema the first African artiste to achieve such feat.

“This is phenomenal for the Afrobeats community and Africa at large,” Chart Data wrote on X.

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