Bien Aime Baraza on set

I am surviving on royalties – Sauti Sol’s Bien reveals Covid-19 nightmare

Sauti Sol’s Bien Aime Baraza secretly got married in March this year to his long-time beau, Chiki Kuruka. The two then spent a wonderful holiday at the Masai Mara to celebrate their nuptials.

But even though the year started on a high note for him, Covid-19 has been a big problem for him. This was revealed by Bien in an interview where he discussed the effects of the pandemic.

Bien with Chiki
Bien with Chiki

The lanky singer said that he has been forced to survive on royalties.  Bien Aime made these comments when he spoke to Citizen TV’s Willy M Tuva.

“At the moment I am surviving on royalties because I have written many songs for many people. Early last year I was in Germany to work on more songs over there, and that is what has been sustaining me. Royalties given to Sauti Sol are also going a long way. My savings too have gone a long way because as an artist you have to save. Hopefully, our savings will push us as far as it can until this nightmare is over,” he stated.

Sauti Sol posing
Sauti Sol posing

He, however, added that the going was not easy as he had many other projects in the pipeline, bills, salaries, and rent to pay for his work offices.

“We have videos from Bensoul and Nviiri that must be done so that they do not stay from the limelight too long and lose relevance. We also have other things, including our singles and more that have been affected.” 

He further added that the government should consider tax relief for musicians this year due to the massive losses they are facing as they can’t do live performances or even tour.

Sauti Sol performing on stage
Sauti Sol performing on stage

He added that at the moment, the group had taken to social media to connect with their audiences. The group is now holding an eagerly anticipated online show on August 9th that will also be shown on Kiss TV.

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