Sauti Sol shift from tradition in album cover for ‘Live and Die in Afrika’


After days of teasing fans with blurred imagery, Sauti Sol have finally unveiled the album cover and track list of their anticipated third album: Live and Die in Afrika.

This comes right after they won the Best African Group/Duo/Band & Producer of The Year categories, both for the song Sura Yako, at AFRIMA Awards in Nigeria.

They initially teased their fans by posting a series of blurred photos, each less blurred than the last. The last series of photos finally unveiled the official Live and Die in Afrika album artwork, after which the track list was released.

The cover, which was shot at African Heritage House, stands out from any of their previous ones the cover’s iconic fashion and style. The production behind the cover was produced by celebrity stylist Annabel Onyango.


On the cover of Live and Die in Afrika, Sauti Sol and their traditional styling evoke “what it means to be authentically and proudly African”. The outfits make the group’s singers look like African chiefs or royalty, with Mudigi Savara’s and Polycarp Otieno standing out.

One might be forgiven for thinking Austin Chimano and Bien-Aime Barassa look a little bit like the stereotypical African dictators of the movies. The cover looks very original and is tastefully done, despite that, and looks set to be a reference for Kenyan artistes,

and other urban African artistes, to embrace the African in them.

An exclusive listening party will be held this Friday evening.