The four-member group made up of Bien, Savara, Chimano and Polycarp announced an indefinite hiatus earlier this year, after almost two decades of churning out hit after hit. Some of those hits include “Lazizi”, “Blue Uniform”, “Sura Yako”, “Melanin” and “Suzanna”, which cemented their place in Kenya’s, and the world’s hearts.
As such, Xenia Manasseh, a Spotify RADAR artist, used the song in honour of their award-winning career. The cover is the first-ever Kenyan Spotify Single. Widely acclaimed as Sauti Sol’s first hit, it feels like a full circle moment that one of Kenya’s fastest-rising R&B stars is covering their first hit song, in a befitting ode to them.
The Spotify Singles program was created to provide artists with an opportunity to re-record one of their existing songs in a fresh new way, as well as cover a song of their choice, by one of their own musical heroes.
In Xenia’s case, she brought her powerful vocals to the song, giving the 14-year-old song a fresh new twist. Her beautiful rendition starts with a stunning harmony that carries on throughout the song, as Xenia performs a stripped-down, melancholic version of “Lazizi”.
“Sauti Sol has been the soundtrack of our youth, for most of us, so it fits perfectly that the first-ever Kenyan Spotify Single, was a cover of one of their most iconic songs. It is an exciting time in the Kenyan music scene and our hope is to have even more Spotify Singles by Kenyan artists,” said Monica Kemoli-Savanne, Spotify’s Artist & Label Partnerships Manager, East Africa.