If you look at the performance lists of all state functions in the last decade or so, Sauti Sol has been missing despite always being among the top in the Kenyan entertainment industry.
According to Bien, the boy band stopped performing at government functions and other government-related projects because the government underpays artists.
“We will never perform in any public holiday celebration because the government cannot afford to pay us. It is the bitter truth,” Bien said in an interview.
Bien further revealed that the last time the group performed in a state function, they were paid a ‘merger’ of Ksh 40,000.
“We were young then; growing in the industry. We distributed (the money) amongst ourselves and that was all,” he said.
Following their recent clash with Azimio Party after the coalition used their music in one of their campaigns, Bien also touched on why the band rejects political affiliations insisting that they prefer speaking straight to their fans rather than through a political party.
“We will always stand with the people. My call is to give people hope, sing for people to feel loved and not politics,” he said.