Music review: Sauti Sol’s ‘Live And Die In Afrika’

By: Brian Cliff

As the title track to their recently-released album, the brand new video, which was partly shot from a helipad, features a breathtaking panorama of Nairobi’s skyline interwoven

with scenes from the hustle and bustle of city life. The song itself is a proclamation of what could be considered as the African answer to the American dream, which Delvin Mudigi superbly captures with a gutsy vocal performance in the maiden verse as he sings:

I wanna be rich, I wanna be famous, I wanna have lots and lots of money

The rest of his band mates can be seen in various other locations lip syncing and playing for effervescent crowds, as the song picks up steam especially on the choruses.

As a result, in just 24 hours, the video had already garnered more than 20,000 YouTube hits after official release, closely following the footsteps of their previous videos which all soared in the African space.

Kenya’s number one boy band is now discovering what the late American football (NFL) coach Vince Lombardi found out during his illustrious coaching career; that winning is a habit which is hard to break once you form it.

The issue with this particular release, however, is that it plays second fiddle to “Sura Yako” on many accounts. For instance, unlike “Sura Yako”, “Live And Die In Afrika” has a groove that’s hard to define because of attempting to incorporate many incompatible

elements; like fusing samples from the theme music of a 70’s Brazilian soap opera (Escrava Isaura) with African lead guitars. It remains a questionable choice for Sauti Sol’s album title track, at least, in comparison to Sura Yako.