Sauti Sol’s lead vocalist Bien Aime Baraza has opened about how the coronavirus pandemic has affected his financial situation.
Speaking in an interview with Willy M Tuva, Bien revealed that he has been surviving on music royalties from songs he has written for other artistes. He noted that royalties paid to Sauti Sol have also been sustaining him and the band members.
“At the moment i’m surviving on royalties because I even have written many songs for several people,” said Bien.
“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,” he added.
The singer/songwriter has also had to probe his savings.
“My savings, too, have gone a long way because as an artiste, you have to save. Hopefully, our savings will push us as far as it can until this nightmare is over.”
Acknowledging that it’s not been easy, Bien said that they had many other projects lined up bills, salaries and rent to pay work offices.
“We have videos from Bensoul and Nviiri that must be done so they do not stay from the limelight too long and lose relevance,” he said.
“We also have other things, including our singles and more that have been affected.”
The singer called on the govt to think about tax relief for musicians this year due to the huge losses they’re facing as they can’t do live performances or tours.