Sauti Sol’s Bien Aime recently took to social media to accuse the Kenyan government for selling out his idea.
According to Bien, Sauti Sol gave President Uhuru Kenyatta a proposal some three years ago after meeting in Mombasa only for them to see the idea being launched this year by some Jamaican artists.
Yesterday, the artistes were invited for the launch of Studio Mashinani, a project by the Ministry of ICT that provides modern recording facilities for talented youth to record their music and other creative products.
According to Bien, all that came from Sauti Sol.
“On December 29 2015 I had the honor to meet with His Excellency The President in Statehouse Mombasa.
The agenda was Kenya Music Industry and Youth. Myself and my sauti sol brothers shared a proposal called STUDIO MASHINANI with His Excellency. It was an extensive project involving Music studios, community radio, ICT Centers and Libraries with the spirit of community service.
We were further instructed to give the proposal to Bruce Odhiambo who was at the time Chair of the Youthfund office. We teamed up with Raphael Obonyo, Cedric Kadenyi tighten the whole proposal with budgets and standard operating systems for the project. The Proposal was sent to the relevant parties.
Only to wake up today a year and some months later to see the project being launched countrywide by a JAMAICAN ARTIST!!!!!! NOT EVEN A KENYAN!!!!!
I am not in any way implying that The President has a hand in this because he deals with millions of things and this may just be one of those that he delegated. I feel so robbed. I plan to make everything public soon. Just so that the ones who want to can learn from it.”