Can H_art The Band Steal Sauti Sol’s Shine?

Sauti Sol has ruled and dominated the Kenyan band scene for the last 5 years and they have done an exceptional job while at it. The Kenyan flag is flying across international waters; the boys are getting nominations which were impossible to come by in the past. It is amazing their persona attracted selections in Best Newcomer group, Hottest Group, Artist of The year, Video Of the year, Stylish Male, fashionable group, the list is endless.

With such huge leap of success for Sauti Sol, inspiration is running high and seems like there are other acts and who are just as good and perhaps deserve some attention as well.

One of these acts is Hart the Band. This group has had an amazing 2015/16. They were nominated for the AFRIMA award as Most promising Talent and Revelation Of The African Continent. Locally they were nominated for Stage performer of the year at the Bingwa awards. The online music portal awarded them a platinum award for having more than 50,000 online downloads.

The group is clinging to a vision of changing the world through art. Check out their videos online, you will notice their conspicuously fashionable sense of futuristic style in everything they delve into. So its high time they start crossing borders with their music, fashion and poetic acumen they harbor. 2016 we have seen them on Lovephobic video, baby love and  collaborated with Dela on Adabu, a Cedo/taurus production outfit.

How is Hart the band topping off the year? Well, last week they released a new single, complete with video (as is the new style of new music). The song is titled Masheesha. Keep in mind, the band reels on an abstract, African pop and urban/social colored style to talk to the average music lover.

Masheesha is a story about everyday dating guy who takes his girl to the club for a regular tun-up. Relationships sparkled from social media, Instagram Dm. They explore how a night proceeds on with drinks flowing way past your wallet limits, but you have hopes of taking the girl home after she has had enough. Sheesha bong is a popular vice in Nairobi and is the ladies are all about that life. The band incorporates an upcoming artist by the name Bensoul and he syncs so well with the band on this record. The overall message is warning fellas to watch out for the Sheesha girl in the club. She will have her smoke then leave you high and dry.

So my take is, Sauti Sol will stay at the top of the pile if nobody comes forward to challenge them. The space in Kenya is so fertile for new acts to thrive and its only right someone steps up. We love the boy band and I know the love we have for Hart the band can be elevated to the international level as well. At the end of the day, Kenya wins.


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