Kenyan music band Sauti Sol has threatened to sue the United One Kenya Declaration on Music Copyright.
In a statement issued on Monday evening, May 16, Sauti Sol accused Raila Odinga-led Resolution of using one of their songs, Extravaganza, as a vocal hymn when introducing Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua as the coalition’s running mate.
Sauti Sol alleged that the actions taken by the Declaration campaign team violated their right to own property as guaranteed under Article 4 of the Constitution of Kenya.
“It has come to our notice that the United Nations Declaration campaign, through its flag bearer and presidential candidate, Hon. The popular original song, ‘Extravaganza’, as a co-op song, “their statement read in part.
“This act is a clear violation of our fundamental rights to property and freedom of association, in which they have deprived us of our right to own and control our natural resources and we were directly involved in their campaign without our consent. . This is contrary to Article 4 of the Constitution of Kenya, ”he continued.
The award-winning music group also claimed that it was not affiliated with any political party in the country.
“We are saddened by the United Nations Declaration’s campaign of clear violation of our right to control the use of our copyright. We will seek legal redress for this blatant violation of our copyright,” the group said.
The song Extravaganza was released in 2019 where the group featured several artists including Nviiri, Bensoul, Crystal Asige and North.