Sauti Sol ‘Rhumba Japani’: New Music Kenya [Official Video]
25 June 2021
[Photo: Sauti Sol Instagram]
By Lydia M Joshua
Celebrated Kenyan group Sauti Sol has finally dropped their highly anticipated music video for ‘Rhumba Japani’ featuring Bensoul, Nviiri The StoryTeller, Xenia Manasseh, Okello Max, and NHP.
‘Rhumba Japani’, which is one of the tracks off Sauti Sol’s ‘Midnight Train’ album, is a groovy rhumba jam that pays tribute to a popular Congolese rhumba band dubbed ‘Rhumba Japan’.
Taking to social media to dedicate the song to the veteran group, Sauti Sol explained the significance of the group to their journey, stating that they used to watch them play at the pub after practice till late to avoid rush-hour bus fare.
“This is a Congolese band called Rhumba Japan. We used to go watch them play at the pub after our band practice till late to avoid rush hour bus fare because that's when it was affordable to go home. Rhumba Japani is an ode to them and the significance of those times in our journey. The lyrics of the song brings out the city vibes and as you will see on Friday, the music video has mad Nairobi vibes,” they posted on Instagram.
The ‘Rhumba Japani’ visuals are very retro, capturing the essence of the ‘Midnight Train’ album.
Creating a fun video to go with the fun lyrics in the jam, Sauti Sol managed to capture a retro fun vibe that weaves through all the members as well as featured artists, giving them ample time to deliver their well-versed lyrics.
The video has been received well and already has over 15,000 in its first hour, which indicates that the jam is going to enjoy massive success as time goes by. In addition to the views, fans also praised the song in the comment section, with one fan noting that ‘Rhumba Japani’ had aged like fine wine.