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The award-winning afro-pop band, Sauti Sol announced that their fifth studio album, Midnight Train, will be released on 5 June 2020. This is the group’s first major-label record with Universal Music Africa. The album pre-add has gone live allowing fans to instantly get the tracks, “Brighter Days” as well as previous singles “Suzanna” and “Disco Matanga,” added to their libraries and playlists immediately. Additionally, this feature will automatically add the album to the consumers’ library immediately on release day, 5 June 2020.

“Brighter Days” is a motivational and spiritually uplifting anthem featuring Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir.  The song reaffirms that one should not be weary or in despair but focus on the promise of Brighter Days. This sing-along praise song spreads positivity and encouragement across different nations in a time when it is needed most.  The accompanying video, directed by Ofentse Mwase (OM Films), was shot in South Africa in Johannesburg’s historic main studio, Downtown Music Hub. Watch the video below.

Recorded between Los Angeles, California, Johannesburg, South Africa and their hometown Nairobi, Kenya, Midnight Train demonstrates the bands songwriting and producing skills with electric energy and new rhythms. The album’s theme is centered around enjoying the journey of life but also embracing the hustles and the trials that come with it. You can count on Sauti Sol to deliver music from the heart and Midnight Train does not stray from the formula.

Special and notable features on the album include American singer and songwriter, India Arie on sensual track “My Everything,” and Burna Boy guest appears on “Time Flies.” When reflecting, Bien explains that “Time flies is inspired by Burna Boy’s increased journey. A lot can happen in a year with dedication.”

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“Disco Matanga (Yambakhana),” the official soundtrack to Netflix’s first African Original series Queen Sono, is the most recent collaborative release to come in the form of Sho Madjozi and Black Motion.  Polycarp shares: “They were on our list of musicians we wanted to collaborate with, and it finally came to pass. We love South African music and it is one of the sweetest artistic heritages on the continent.”

Midnight Train is a wholesome album and a milestone release for the group. It is inspirational and uplifting and offers much needed social commentary while not losing its global appeal.  “There is a lot of maturity in the album,” states Polycarp.  “We have come of age and we express how people should perceive us freely after 11 years as professional singers. Every song speaks to an issue that is relatable to everyone.”

Whilst awaiting the official album to drop on 5 June 2020 Sauti Sol has graced us with “Brighter Days” for our enjoyment.

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Here is Midnight Train Tracklist:

  1. Intro
  2. Midnight Train
  3. Insecure
  4. Feel My Love
  5. Brighter Days ft. Soweto Gospel Choir
  6. Nenda Lote
  7. Suzanna
  8. Interlude
  9. My Everything ft. India Arie
  10. Wake Up ft. Mortimer
  11. Sober
  12. Time Flies ft. Burna Boy
  13. Disco Matanga (Yambakhana) ft. Black Motion & Sho Madjozi 
  14. Rhumba Japani ft. Kaskazini, Bensoul, Xenia, Nviiri the Storyteller, Okello Max & NHP 

Pre add here https://sautisol.lnk.to/MidnightTrain

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