Sauti Sol band member Bien Aime has said the group will not be intimidated a section of Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s supporters.
A day after threatening to sue Raila’s Azimio Coalition for using its song “Extravaganza” without permission, Sauti Sol has lost almost 2,000 YouTube subscribers.
Bien responded to the news by encouraging individuals who were no longer interested in their content to unsubscribe.
“Only time will tell. Hii, wale wanashuka washuke (Those who want to unsubscribe, go ahead,” he wrote on Instagram.
Sauti Sol took to Instagram on Wednesday morning to educate Kenyans about intellectual property rights after they were harassed on Twitter.
“There has been a lot of misinformation online in the last few days, and it is evident that the majority of people are unaware of intellectual property rights,” Sauti Sol wrote on Instagram.
The Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) and Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) have differed on whether Sauti Sol’s threats hold any water.
KECOBO insisted that Azimio did not have synchronization rights to play the song.
However, MCSK boss Ezekiel Mutua stated that Azimio has obtained the necessary licenses to play any song in their campaigns.
However, Mutua has called out those unsubscribing, saying the matter should be resolved in a “civil” manner.
“Unsubscribing from @sautisol YouTube is a juvenile reaction. Rudini haraka. We may have differences but we must not be blinded by politics to the point of hate. Let’s deal with the issues at hand in a civil manner. Sauti Sol remains one of our greatest bands in Kenya’s history,” he said.