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Thursday 16 February 2023

MUSIC: Bien (Sauti Sol) Featuring Ayra Starr - "My Baby"


Multi-award winning Kenyan recording artist Bien of famed Sauti Sol has teamed up with fast-rising Nigerian vocalist Ayra Starr for his latest solo offering, "My Baby". The East/West collaboration brings together two of Africa's talented musicians on a seamless blend of unique vocal styles that creates a sultry, feel-good Afropop love song showcasing their clear and effortless chemistry. A perfectly timed soundtrack for Valentine's week and throughout the month of love. 

The much-anticipated track features Bien's trademark sound and Ayra's unmistakably captivating voice. With its glossy high-end polished production coupled with sweetly infectious sing-along lyrics, and undeniable synergy "My Baby" is set to be one of the biggest hits of the year. It has already secured early support across East Africa and UK national radio including BBC Radio 1Xtra where it's currently the "Hot Shot Track Of The Week". 

Bien and Ayra Starr have already gained widespread recognition for their respective talents, and this collaboration marks an exciting moment for fans of both artists and the Africa music scene in general. "I'm thrilled to be releasing this song with Ayra Starr," says Bien. "She's an incredibly talented artist and it's been a privilege to work with her on this track. 'My Baby' is a testament to the power of collaboration and I can't wait for the world to hear and enjoy it." In response Ayra Starr - who has been enjoying an amazing and unstoppable breakthrough trajectory excitedly adds, "Working with Bien has been a dream come true and it's been an honor to collaborate with him on this track. 'My Baby' is a celebration of love and I can't wait for fans to experience the magic we've created." 

"My Baby" is available for streaming on all major digital platforms from this Friday 17th February. It will be accompanied by its superbly executed visualizer and lyric video dropping on YouTube on the same date. Get ready to fall in love with this sweet new Afropop anthem. The song is poised to take the music world by storm in readyness to Bien's upcoming full solo project.




Bien-Aime Baraza is a popular multi-lingual and contemporary Kenyan recording artist, songwriter and performer, who has become renowned for blending genres and styles. His sound is best described as sentimentally nostalgic, ultra-modern, and effortlessly timeless. His hybrid sound is Rhumba, Afrobeat and Afro-Pop sounds, with a dosage of Soul, R&B intertwined in his African Heritage, Kenyan roots, Nairobi upbringing and global intake and outlook.

In addition to a long successful and ongoing journey as the lead frontman of internationally renowned and multi-award winning Afro-pop sensation - Sauti Sol, Bien has recently been further spanning his wings as part of the band's ingenius collective decision to create individual solo projects under their Sol Generation label imprint. Each solo project would dig deeper into the member's musical personalities and fulfil their personal artistic directions. Bien embarked on this path with a 2021 collaborative EP with the much respected Kenyan jazz legend, Aaron Rimbui, entitled 'Bald Men Love Better' which started its own Bald Man Movement and generated several hit singles plus a sold-out show in Kenya's capital - Nairobi, last year that is still the talk of the town. The breakout single from the project was ‘Mbwe Mbwe’. It presently boasts over 12 million views on YouTube, a recent nomination for Sound City’s 'Song of the Year', as well as multiple nominations across several AFRIMMA Award categories. 

After the success of 'The Bald Man' project, Bien recently released his first solo track titled 'Inauma'. The song experienced some serious virality across the the airwaves and socials and went on to gain Bien over 50 million views on TikTok, as it flew up various the charts and dominated East African airwaves throughout 2022. He has now announced his latest solo offering, "My Body" featuring Ayra Starr and both tracks will also feature on his now much anticipated forthcoming album. Stay tuned for more exciting updates coming soon about that. 

Bien is a true visionary African creative who has a genuine heartfelt love for music, production quality and experimenting with sounds plus live instruments. He has previously also collaborated with a string of global stars including Burna Boy, India Arie, Yemi Alade, PatoRanking, etc., and is excited to soon reveal some of the artists he has been working with on his recent travels across Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and the UK.

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