• Sauti Sol said that the act of Azimio using their song without consent is heinous copyright infringement as directed by section 35, CAP 170 of the Copyright Act of Kenya.
• The boy band group distanced themselves from Azimio and any other political party.
Celebrated boy band Sauti Sol has expressed their disappointment after Azimio la Umoja on Monday used their song Extravaganza without concent.
Azimio used the song during an event that saw Azimio unveil Martha Karua as Raila Odinga’s running mate.
In a statement issued by the group, the band said that the act of Azimio using their song without consent is heinous copyright infringement as directed by section 35, CAP 170 of the Copyright Act of Kenya.
"This is blatant copyright infringement as directed by section 35, CAP 170 of the Copyright Act of Kenya," the band said in a statement.
"We did license this song to the Azimio la Umoja Campaign neither did we give any consent for its use in the announcement of their Vice-Presidential Candidate. Furthermore, our authority to use the composition, which is one of our most distinct compositions was neither sought nor given."
The boy band group distanced themselves from the party adding that they are not supporting any political party.
"We would like to make it very clear to our fans, partners and associates, we are not aligned to nor associated with the Azimio La Umoja Campaign or any other Political movement and/or party their presidential aspirants, vice-presidential aspirants and candidates at large. We are fully apolitical."
Sauti Sol further stated that they will seek legal address to the whole issue as soon as possible.
"We Shall be seeking legal remedy for this clear violation of our copyright."
The song Extravaganza was released in 2019 featuring; Sauti Sol, Bensoul, Nviiri the Storyteller, Crystal Asige and Kaskazini.
To date, the song has over nine million views on YouTube.