Kenyan artist and Sauti Sol’s member Bien has released his debut solo album, “Alusa Why Are You Topless?”. “Alusa Why Are You Topless?” is a 16-track album that features artists Ayra Starr, Tay Iwar, Scar Mkadinali and Dj Edu.
This year, Bien released his first song, “My Baby,” off the album, featuring Nigerian artist Ayra Starr. Bien was also featured at Colors Studios, releasing “True Love” in collaboration with Spotify Africa.
Who is Bien?
Bien, real name Bien-Aimé Baraza, is a globally recognized Grammy award-winning songwriter, musician, and celebrated vocalist from Kenya. He is one-fourth of the globally celebrated boy band Sauti Sol, dominating the charts for over 15 years. Bien has commanded respect across the continent and the world for his musicianship.
According to Spotify, Bien is the most streamed artist in Kenya.
Alusa Why Are You Topless? Album Tracklist
Check out the tracklist for Bien’s new album, “Alusa, Why Are You Topless”.
- Legend (Intro)
- Lost & Found
- Sex & Marijuana
- My Baby (feat. Ayra Starr)
- Ma Cherie
- I Want You
- True Love
- A Student
- Time Alone (feat. Tay Iwar)
- Lifestyle (feat. Scar Mkadinali)
- Too Easy (Original) ft. Dj Edu
- Anointed (Outro)
Speaking to Apple Music, Bien revealed that the album “Alusa Why Are You Topless” was inspired by Bien’s mother’s reaction when Bien appeared shirtless in Sauti Sol’s song “Nishike”.
Alusa Why Are You Topless? | Album Review
Bien brings out his uniqueness in the album; he shares his own version of himself and his music experience throughout his musical journey. Bien has been an integral part of Kenyan music entertainment and has inspired many artists who have been looking up to him as part of Sauti Sol.
Releasing his debut album to fans comes as a gift. The album will go a long way toward inspiring future generations. Bien is definitely making a name for himself and is one of the greatest artists in Kenya.
About the album: I have listened to all the songs in the album, and it seems Bien is creatively highlighting issues that we all face in modern society. A song like “Sex and Marijuana” reflects the current issues youth face every day. Collaborating with Scar Mkadinali was unexpected and came as a surprise to fans who love Wakadinali. Scar Mkadinali is best known for his lyricism and unique flow.
Overall, the album is worth listening to. You can stream the album on all digital platforms.
The album is released under Exodus Entertainment / Africori, exclusively licensed to Warner Music Africa
Bien is best known for his raspy vocals, beautiful songwriting, infectious personality, and bald head! Bien’s first solo EP was entitled ‘Bald Men Love Better’. This project birthed the East African summer hit 2022, ‘Mbwe Mbwe’, one of the highest streamed East African songs in 2022, with YouTube views exceeding 12 million.
After the success of ‘Mbwe Mbwe’, Bien has had back-to-back East African hits, such as ‘Dimension’ featuring Fully Focus and ‘Inauma’. With consistent chart-topping East African success throughout 2022, Bien has over 5 million streams on Spotify and 50 million views on TikTok.
Bien established his solo career in 2023. In March of this year, Bien was in the UK to promote his song “My Baby,” featuring Ayra Starr, on the BBC radio show Official UK Afrobeats ChartShow. He also created a new YouTube channel named “Bien” this year. The channel now has more than 69K subscribers and it rapidly growing.
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