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Sauti Sol's fifith studio album is now available for pre-order/pre-add.

Sauti Sol Share Uplifting Song ‘Brighter Days’ Featuring Soweto Gospel Choir From Upcoming Album ‘Midnight Train’

Listen to a new song from Sauti Sol's upcoming album.

Kenyan Afro pop band Sauti Sol's fifth studio album Midnight Train is out June 5. As part of the album's pre-add/pre-order, comes the song "Brighter Days" which features the Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir.


"Brighter Days" is uplifting in both mood and lyrical content. Sonically, the song borrows from gospel music, but the group's urban aesthetic is not lost. The messaging on "Brighter Days" is that of encouragement and optimism—the type of content the world needs in these times of uncertainty and inconvenience due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and other plights.

The song's music video, which was directed by Ofentse Mwase, documents a studio session between the band the choir. The video was filmed at Downtown Music Hub, a studio located in downtown Joburg and one that is part of South Africa's rich music history.

SAUTI SOL - BRIGHTER DAYS (OFFICIAL VIDEO) FT. SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR youtu.be

Accompanying "Brighter Days" on the pre-order/pre-add of Midnight Train are the songs "Suzana" and "Disco Matanga (Yambakhana)," which fans have heard. The latter features South Africa's Sho Madjozi and the duo Black Motion. The guests featured on Midnight Train include US soul singer India Arie, Kaskazini and Bensoul among a few others.

"There is a lot of maturity in the album," states Polycarp Otieno, the group's guitarist, in a press release. "We have come of age and we express how people should perceive us freely after 11 years as professional singers. Every song speaks to an issue that is relatable to everyone."

Midnight Train will be the first release by Sauti Sol under Universal Music Africa, which they signed to at the end of January.

Pre-add/pre-order Sauti Sol's upcoming album Midnight Train, out June 5 on Universal Music Africa on Apple Music.


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Sudan Declares State of Emergency, As Military Dissolves Transitional Government

As the North African country edged closer to democracy, Sudan's military has seized power.

Sudan's military has seized power over the North African country, arresting multiple civilian leaders, including the current Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The power-sharing, unstable coalition, called the Sovereign Council, was created as a transitional government after the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, in an attempt to move towards a democratic Sudan.

The Sudanese public has been split in recent weeks as groups protested for a military-run state, while others pushed for a civilian lead, democratic nation. Last week, the Prime Minister vocalized his plans towards a full transition to civilian rule, and his plans to have that body in place by November 17, echoing the voices of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators who showed up in hoards to demand that the promise of Sudan's pro-democracy movement be honored. But on Monday the PM and multiple government ministers and officials were placed under arrest, resulting in Sudan's top general's declaring State of Emergency.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in a televised statement, "To rectify the revolution's course, we have decided to declare a state of emergency nationwide… dissolve the transitional sovereign council, and dissolve the cabinet." His statement came as soldiers fired live rounds at anti-military protestors, outside of the army headquarters in the capital.

Internet services were cut across the country around dawn and the main roads and bridges into Khartoum shut, before soldiers stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the ministry said. After months of rising tensions in the country, army and paramilitary troops have been deployed across the capital city, Khartoum, with the airports and internet access being shut down. As a result of the coup, hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets, demanding the return of a civilian ruled and the transitional government, the BBC reports.

Demonstrators have spread to a number of Sudanese cities including Atbara, Wad Madani, and Port Sudan, and more are expected to attend the call for action. "We will not leave the streets until the civilian government is back and the transition is back," protest attendee Sawsan Bashir told AFP. While demonstrator Haitham Mohamed says, "We are ready to give our lives for the democratic transition in Sudan."


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