Sauti Sol member Bien Aime Baraza’s assertion that the government had stolen the concept idea behind Studio Mashinani from Sauti Sol caused a lot of commotion on social media.
Bien took to social media to post his statement that read as;
“ON DECEMBER 29 2015 I HAD THE HONOR TO MEET WITH HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT IN STATEHOUSE MOMBASA. THE AGENDA WAS KENYA MUSIC INDUSTRY AND YOUTH. MYSELF AND MY @SAUTISOL BROTHERS SHARED A PROPOSAL CALLED STUDIO MASHINANI WITH HIS EXCELLENCY. IT WAS AN EXTENSIVE PROJECT INVOLVING MUSIC STUDIOS, COMMUNITY RADIO, ICT CENTERS AND LIBRARIES WITH THE SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY SERVICE. WE WERE FURTHER INSTRUCTED TO GIVE THE PROPOSAL TO BRUCE ODHIAMBO WHO WAS AT THE TIME CHAIR OF THE YOUTHFUND OFFICE. WE TEAMED UP WITH RAPHAEL OBONYO @RAPH_OBONYO CEDRIC KADENYI TIGHTEN THE WHOLE PROPOSAL WITH BUDGETS AND STANDARD OPERATING SYSTEMS FOR THE PROJECT. THE PROPOSAL WAS SENT TO THE RELEVANT PARTIES. ONLY TO WAKE UP TODAY A YEAR AND SOME MONTHS LATER TO SEE THE PROJECT BEING LAUNCHED COUNTRYWIDE BY A JAMAICAN ARTIST!!!!!! NOT EVEN A KENYAN!!!!!I AM NOT IN ANY WAY IMPLYING THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS A HAND IN THIS BECAUSE HE DEALS WITH MILLIONS OF THINGS AND THIS MAY JUST BE ONE OF THOSE THAT HE DELEGATED. I FEEL SO ROBBED. I PLAN TO MAKE EVERYTHING PUBLIC SOON. JUST SO THAT THE ONES WHO WANT TO CAN LEARN FROM IT.”
Sauti Sol have however had a change of heart and they came out to not only retract that earlier statement but also to apologize to Uhuru Kenyatta for Bien’s outburst. This was their statement: