By Ranell Dickson Nsereko
Top Kenyan boy band Sauti Sol has distanced itself from Kenyan politics after their song was used during a nomination event, where Kenya’s ‘iron lady’ Martha Karua was unveiled as veteran politician Raila Odinga’s running-mate on Monday, May 16.
The presidential election is due in August.
According to a press release by the group, none of the artistes was consulted before the song, Extravaganza, released four years ago, was used during the nomination.
“This is blatant copyright infringement as directed by section 35, CAP 170 of the Copyright Act of Kenya,” part of the press release reads.
“We did not license this song to the Azimio la Umoja Campaign, neither did we give any consents for its use in the announcement of their Vice-Presidential Candidate. Furthermore, our authority to use the composition, which is one of our most distinct compositions was neither sought nor given. This is a blatant copy right infringement as directed by section 35 CAP 170 of the copy right Act of Kenya.
“We would like to make it very clear to our fans, partners and associates, we are not aligned to nor associated with the Azimio la Umoja Campaign or any other political movement and/or party their presidential aspirants, vice-presidential aspirants and candidates at large. We are fully apolitical,” said Sauti Sol in a statement.
The trio said they will be seeking further legal guidance on the matter.