Music Review – Of Sauti Sol’s “Melanin”, Patoranking and a Look at the New LP

Crowned Best Group in Africa and touted as the giants of East African music: Sauti Sol (Kenya) release brand new single Melanin featuring World Best Patoranking from Nigeria.


The song whose visuals have gone ahead to trend at number one on YouTube, becomes the debut single off of Sauti Sol’s upcoming music project titled Afrikan Sauce LP – set for release over the next 12 months.

The Nviiri written track showcases Sauti Sol’s authentic afro-pop perfectly fused in R&B and Patoranking’s dancehall magic, giving off the best of both worlds.

Speaking on the collabo, Patoranking says, “I’ve known Sauti Sol personally for about three years, and I can truly say that we’ve been fans of each other as much as we’ve been friends. I am happy we finally release a track that represents us both in equal measure. We can only go higher! Africa to the World!”

Having maintained friendship for many years, while watching each other grow into continental greats, Sauti Sol and Patoranking unite in Melanin to deliver a powerful collaboration with a strong message; celebrating women of color. Africa’s top music video director, Clarence Peters, redefines Afrocentric meets Caribbean vibes in this Lagos shot music video, with rain pouring, slow motion dancing and steamy scenes.

For the better part of 2017, Sauti Sol was silently and tirelessly working on the Afrikan Sauce LP across Africa. They say, “We couldn’t be happier to share this news with our fans. Our aim with this LP is to connect Africa through music” revealing, “The LP’s body of work will be a continuation of our Live And Die In Afrika theme.”

The LP is a collaborative project that will feature heavyweight music acts drawn from across the African continent, with word on the street that Wizkid is also set to feature on the LP.

Afrikan Sauce LP is rich and diverse with an array of songs and experiences that will take die hard fans of the group back to the roots of Sauti Sol – that warm resonant pop sound fused with traditional Kenyan influences, creating a mélange of rhythms and melodies. In an unprecedented and valiant move Sauti Sol plan to unveil a song off Afrikan Sauce LP each month, for the next 12 months.


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