Kenyan Afro-pop sensation Sauti Sol recently released their highly-anticipated album Midnight Train, a vibrant and uplifting gem. The 13-tack project features the likes of India Arie, Soweto Gospel Choir, Sho Madjozi and Black Motion. The album is a follow-up to their 2019 album Afrikan Sauce which featured collaborations with Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Vanessa Mdee, Nyashinski and many others.
“Midnight Train”, the first track on the album, is a mid-tempo song which sampled off Toto’s 1982 track “Africa”. “Brighter Days”, which features the talented and prolific Soweto Gospel Choir, was the first track to drop in the run-up to releasing the full album. It’s an uplifting song both in its musicality and lyricism. “My Everything” is a slower-paced romantic jam which features India Arie, a musician who has not only inspired but influenced Sauti Sol. “Suzanna” is an upbeat and cheeky song that is a sure-fire standout groove on the album. “Disco Matanga (Yambakhana)” featuring Sho Madjozi and Black Motion was featured as the soundtrack on Netflix’s Queen Sono.
Groups guitarist and producer Polycarp Otieno says, “Our inspiration comes from where we’re at in our lives and what we go through as human beings, as men, as husbands to our wives, as friends. It’s about writing stories that relate with other people and things people would not normally speak about in a song. We try to put that in song.”
Midnight Train is the group’s first album with Universal Music Africa after signing a major deal with them earlier this year.
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