Sauti Sol’s Bien Aime Baraza has launched a scathing attack on a blogger for writing a trashy article about one of the band’s members.
In an article by Ghafla! titled ‘Five Most Expendable Music Group Members’, the blogger wrote that Sauti Sol guitarist Polycarp Otieno makes no significant contribution to the group’s music.
This is what they wrote:
They are arguably Kenya’s greatest ever musical act reaching heights few individuals or music groups can ever come close to match. They are made up of four members, Bien Aime, the lead singer, the main man and an accomplished song writer, Willis Chimano, a vocalist multiple instrument player and the group’s rock star, Savara Mudigi, the brains behind their label Sauti Sol entertainment, producer , vocalist and percussionist extraordinaire and the Polycarp Otieno, the group’s quiet guy, a good producer and guitarist. When he is not used as an actor you will be hard pressed to find any significant contribution to the groups music he makes. Savara is obviously the bigger influence on the music production while a guitarist can always be found at a moment’s asking. So Polycarp Otieno is just a guy who was at the right place at the right time.
The statements did not sit well with outspoken member of the group who labelled the blogger as a ‘stupid journalist.’
He commented on the post:
“You stupid journalist. You should research before you write these articles. Then again I forget blogs like these only hire the bottom of the pyramid of journalists to write. Polycarp is the SautiSol sound. His guitar is our signature. Second Polycarp is the producer of many if not most of the tracks in the SautiSol album LIVE & DIE IN AFRIKA. Tracks like Nerea, Kuliko Jana and unconditionally Bae are Polycarp productions. He has also produced hits for other artists such as Dela’s Swahili cover of Hello, Susana Owiyo’s “Wa Miela” Tanzania’s Lady JayDee and others. He is the music director of SautiSol’s live act that is touring six cities this month. You are invited to come witness his greatness in Nakuru on Saturday. Hopefully you will find positive things to write about. That said, if you ask me, YOU are the one in the right place at the right time. I mean how else do you explain someone so shallow on a platform like this that influences the masses.