The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Sauti Sol in Songwriting Contest Semi-Finals

First single from the highly anticipated sophomore album from Sauti Sol "Sol Filosofia". ( Resource: Sauti Sol - Soma Kijana

Kenyan all-male band, Sauti Sol have made the cut for this year's International Songwriting Competition (ISC) that features musicians from all over the world.

Sauti Sol is made up of Bien Aime Alusa, Delvin Mudigi, Polycarp Otieno and Willis Chimano.

Their song, Soma Kijana done in Swahili made the semi-finalist list together with another Kenyan entry by Parth Shah for a song titled Remember Me.

Delvin told Word Is, "We are happy that we made it to the semi-finals seeing as over 2000 songs were submitted from all over the world. It is an honour and we are taking it as a positive thing and hoping for the best."

The finalists for the competition will be announced at the end of February and winners in April.

The ISC is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena.

The competition has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting and music contests in the world, offering exposure and the opportunity to have songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry.

Delvin said that Soma Kijana was translated to English adding that "the judges are looking for the prowess of the song writing".

Some of the judges are Nas, Bernie Taupin - Elton John Lyricist, Janelle Monae, Anthony Hamilton, Avicii, Michael W. Smith, Devo and James Cotton.

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