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Sauti Sol. Image courtesy of the band.

Listen to Sauti Sol's Politically-Charged New Single 'Tujiangalie' Featuring Nyashinski

The new single calls out for self-reflection and change.

Following up to their massively successful single "Short & Sweet," Sauti Sol have released a new politically-charged track called "Tujiangalie," which means "let's look at ourselves."

The socially conscious song heavily addresses issues of corruption and tribalism while urging Kenyan youth to stop fighting on Twitter and start seeking solutions to the issues affecting the country through self-reflection.


"For our latest release we thought about the world right now and the number of persistent issues plaguing it," writes Sauti Sol in a statement accompanying the lyric video.

"These things are hardly ever solved and we are consistently shortchanged. So we considered, how can we address these frustrations? None of us are perfect. None of us are exonerated. We have all contributed to and benefited from the flawed systems. But, change is a result of possibility. If we all decide to personally act towards building a world we are proud to live in, then it will become a reality."

This is the sixth single off the band's forthcoming album Afrikan Sauce and it has already brought about a lot of positive feedback from Kenyans on the internet. It's great to see the band using their art to spread such an important message.

Listen to "Tujiangalie" by Sauti Sol featuring Nyashinski below.

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Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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