End of the road: Sauti Sol will not be The Band anymore after the group announced a break up. Over the years, bands or groups as they are usually known have been going separate ways – sometimes, the separations are ugly and messy.
The year was 2001, and the rap duo Outkast was still basking in the success of their 2000 album Stakonia. The laudable album had made the world hum to Ms Jackson, So Fresh So Clean and the experimental B.O.B (Bombs Over Baghdad), among other songs.
Winning Best Rap Performance by group or duo and Best Rap Album at the Grammy Awards, many pundits believed the duo was robbed when they did not win Album of The Year.
But it was all good, Outkast was yet again at the peak of both their game and rap. With a follow up album, Big Boi and Dre Present Outkast, celebrating the duo’s biggest songs, it was clear nothing could go wrong.
Or we thought!
Yet in 2003, the duo of Andre Lauren Banjamin alias Andre 3000 and Antwan Andre Patton alias Big Boi released two solo albums, Speakerboxx and The Love Below respectively. The two albums were however packaged as a joint project of the duo, released as a double disc, Speakerboxx/The Love Below. Much as the double disc album gave the world hits such as The Way You Move, Roses and Hey Yeah, things were never the same after this album.
Over the years, bands or groups as they are usually known have been going separate ways – sometimes, the separations are ugly and messy to the extent of playing the issues out in the press. Think about Cindy Sanyu and Blu*3. It is said she left, she says she was fired. Or Julianna Kanyomozi and Iryn Namubiru in I-Jay. Did one dump the other for Europe or they indeed communicated and ended the union!
Other times however, the separations are formal with clear communication – not many of these have been witnessed in Uganda but we could use an example of Beyonce and Destiny’s Child or more recently, Kenyan boy band Sauti Sol.
On Saturday, through their social media platforms, the band announced that after 17 years of making music together, they are embarking on a world tour that is also doubling as their farewell tour.
The band announced that their farewell tour will be followed by an album sending their fanbase into shockwaves.
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