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Interview: Sauti Sol's New Album 'Midnight Train' Is a Jubilant Gift for Turbulent Times

We speak to the Kenyan Afro-pop sensation about their latest album, their evolution as artists and Black Lives Matter.

Sauti Sol recently dropped their fifth studio album and it is a jubilant gift for the undeniably turbulent times the world finds itself experiencing. Midnight Train is a rich and uplifting 13-tack album with standout tracks in "Suzanna," "Nenda Lote," "Sober," and "Brighter Days," which featured the prolific Soweto Gospel Choir and was the first track to be released in the run-up to the album launch.

The album is the Kenyan Afro-pop sensations' first under Universal Music Africa, following a major recording deal they signed earlier this year. Midnight Train, which explores sobriety, personal insecurities, love and hope, is testament to the group's evolution over the past few years.

At a time when the world is reeling from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as mss protests against racist establishments, the project is one that is soothing and provides some relief from the current reality.

And so we caught up with two of the Sauti Sol group members, Polycarp Otieno and Willis Austin Chimano, to talk about their latest album, the creative process behind it and their thoughts on Black Lives Matter.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Listen to Sauti Sol's New Album 'Midnight Train'

The 13-track project by Kenyan Afro-pop sensation Sauti Sol is a vibrant and uplifting gem featuring India Arie, Sho Madjozi, Black Motion and more.

Kenyan Afro-pop sensation Sauti Sol recently released their highly-anticipated album Midnight Train. The 13-tack project features the likes of India Arie, Soweto Gospel Choir, Sho Madjozi and Black Motion. The album is a follow-up to their 2019 album Afrikan Sauce which featured collaborations with Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Vanessa Mdee, Nyashinski and several others.

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