Sauti Sol frontman Bien Aime Baraza has said he will not pay out Ksh 5m for using a viral social media photo of a man in a bedsitter with no furniture just a thin matress laid down on the floor.
Bien used the popular viral photo as a meme to show the mental state of trolls who bring people down and they themselves are not doing well.
This was after a number of Azimio fans unsubscribes frin Sauti Sol’s Youtube account because the all-male boy band demanded to be paid for the use of their Suzanna hit song on the political party’s production announcing Martha Karua as the running mate for political leader Raila Odinga.
Sauti Sol made headlines when they threatened to sue Azimio La Umoja for using their music without obtaining synchronisation rights. The standoff saw fans of the political attack Sauti Sol and Bien reacted by sharing the meme and telling them off.
Well, Jalang’o’s groundsman Morrison Litiema claims that he is the man in the photo. And that Bien using the photo infringed on his rights and mentally affected him because it took him back to the hard times he went through.
“I used the photo as a meme. I did not make that meme, I don’t have the time to do so. I am running big businesses in the city, but Litiema much love, I am also his fan. Come I prepare chicken, Ugali and traditional vegetables for you so that we can close that beef,” Bien said in an interview with Eve Mungai.
Litiema was demanding Kshs 5 million from Bien. Reacting to this, Bien advised him, “Litiema DM me so that we can finish that issue. We Luhyas don’t take each other to social media.”
Bien defended using the photos saying it is a viral meme used by many people.
“By the way, the photo is not his, he is also chasing clout. I have looked at that guy very well. It is not him. He should stop chasing clout and just work like the rest of us. I won’t compensate him because it is a meme.”
An unfazed Bien explained that loosing 2000 subscribers signifies growth.
“2000 unfollowed us and then 2000 followed back, what I can say about that is that in the growth of the snake, the snake sheds off the dead skin, those who unfollowed represents the dead skin.”