Sauti Sol and Nyashinski, arguably the biggest names in the Kenyan music industry at the moment, team up on a gargantuan hit, ‘Short N Sweet’, that’s certain to send a few shockwaves through the radiowaves, at least for the next month, until the band decides to unleash another wicked collaboration on us.
You see, since 2018 began, Sauti Sol have been reminding fans that each and every month they will be unveiling a new collabo with a leading African artiste. We’ve witnessed, loved (and in some cases hated… okay never hated) tunes from the group, featuring Tiwa Savage (on ‘Girl Next Door‘), Burna Boy (on ‘Afrikan Star‘) and Khaligraph Jones (on ‘Rewind‘).
Their first single ‘Melanin‘, off the upcoming LP Afrikan Sauce, which featured the phenomenal Nigerian star Patoranking, recently even hit a milestone of over ten million YouTube views, earning it a place at the top of the higher echelons of stardom as the most popular Kenyan music video on the platform. It’s no surprise that the second most viewed Kenyan music video, shy by about 200,000, belongs to them and Yemi Alade for ‘Africa‘.
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So far, Afrikan Sauce has been a continental artistic exploration of scintillating sounds and fiery fashion, and ‘Short N Sweet‘, is no different. 2ManySibling‘s genius Oliver Asike is responsible for the vintage Afrocentric style that exudes thrift store chic and classy. Directed by Nate Thomas, the video explores timeless yet simple contemporary visuals, with a generous play of light and shadow, dynamic camera angles, swoops and shots, and a general blend and composition that’s as gentle as the background tunes and instrumentals of the track.
The guys are pushing the envelope once again with cheeky lyrics such as Nyashinski saying, ‘If you got too much class then do me like assignments’ and Savara‘s lines, ‘Hii kitanda na ni 4 by 6 usingizi wa pono kauko 6 feet deep. Kabla ni zame 6 inch deep , acha niset mood na ma oudi’.
There’s also a generous display of Kenya’s biggest dance move of the decade, the Odi dance, with references and performances all through out. I admit I used to hate it, but like a number of viral trends, it’s elasticity, adaptability and crossover nature has made the dance quite the addiction.
‘Short N Sweet’ is a love ballad abundant with sweet nothings and somethings, witty lyrics and beautiful mixes of Fancy Finger’s guitar strings, soothing hums and an array of vocals, from Bien’s succinct sound, Chimano’s amazingly rich barritone to Savara’s higher yet stable pitch.
Watch the video to Sauti Sol’s new single, above.