Bien: Why we are charging 20K for Sauti Sol’s last dance
Sauti Sol’s lead vocalist Bien Aime Baraza has shed light on the rationale behind the band’s Sh20,000 ticket charge for their upcoming farewell show, SolFest VIP Show.
The announcement of the concert, set to take place next month, took the music scene by storm as the acclaimed group revealed their intention to take an indefinite break from collective performances.
Scheduled at Uhuru Gardens, the event has sparked intrigue among fans and enthusiasts alike, with the VIP ticket holders promised an immersive 5-star experience, a memorable performance, and a glimpse into the band’s journey as it takes its final bow.
Sauti Sol emphasized that the VIP package is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, designed to encapsulate their 20-year musical voyage.
The exclusive experience encompasses an intimate live performance, an indulgent 5-star banquet accompanied by complimentary beverages, a limited edition of Sauti Sol merchandise, and an opportunity to interact with the band members.
While the announcement triggered discussions across social media platforms, with many netizens expressing reservations about the ticket price, Bien Aime Baraza maintained that the value of the experience justifies the cost.
He underscored the band’s two-decade-long journey with their fans as the driving force behind the decision.
“The reason people are paying Sh20,000 is because Sauti Sol will be giving fans 20 years of experience. We have been together with our fans for 20 years since we started this journey,” said Bien.
Interestingly, Bien’s comments echoed sentiments shared by former Sol Generation signee, Bensoul, who addressed fans’ concerns about the ticket fee in a recent social media post. In a subtly worded tweet, Bensoul suggested that the VIP tickets might not be aligned with the preferences of those expressing financial constraints.
“If Ksh20,000 to get by November is hard for you, then you have a long way to go. Wacha wenye pesa waende (Let those who have the money attend). One thing I know for sure is we are going to sell out,” Bensoul tweeted confidently.