Sauti Sol’s Bien Aime Baraza secretly got married earlier this month to his long-time beau, Chiki Kuruka. The two even spent a wonderful holiday at the Masai Mara to celebrate their nuptials.
Who knew that the joy they had would be brought down to earth shortly after they came back from their vacation? This was revealed by Bien in a recent interview where he discussed the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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 in an interview posted on the Mseto East Africa Youtube page.
“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.
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,” the artiste added.
He added that at the moment, they too had taken to social media to connect with their audiences.
“In music, we have taken many steps back as we have had to postpone a sold-out show in London slated for March 28, and forced to cancel so many shows and have lost a lot of money. Even our mentees [the Sol Generation] have been affected by these things. I think God saw that we were not ready and needed more practice,” Baraza stated.
He further added that the government should consider tax relief for musicians this year due to the massive losses they face.