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Sauti Sol bashed for allegedly planning to pay models in ‘transport and food,’ deny claims

Sauti Sol have come under heavy criticism from Kenyans online after it, apparently, emerged that the boy band was intending to carry out a video shoot in which they would pay the models only by providing them with transport and food.

Sauti Sol had, via their official Twitter handle, on January 31 put out a casting call for models to apply for the said video shoot saying, “This is a casting call to all female models between the age of 18-25 years old from Nairobi needed for a shoot on Monday next week. Kindly submit your full body and portrait shots (front and side) to [email protected]

A sample email response to an applicant made rounds on social media in which Sauti Sol reportedly claimed they did not a have budget for the models and that they would, however, “provide money for transport and food on the day of the shoot.”

The email further went ahead to add that,”… we believe this could open many more doors for you.”

This sent the internet in a frenzy, with Kenyans online bashing the boy band for what one Twitter user termed as “disrespecting other people’s art” and “furthering the exposure narrative.”

Sauti Sol have, nevertheless, come out distancing themselves from the email response to the models saying, “The production email address it was sent from is often used by 3rd party contractors and in this case they clearly got it all wrong.”

They further added that, “We believe in fair compensation for all work in the entertainment industry and do not condone the “exposure” speak. We believe our track record speaks for itself. Needless to say, we have terminated our contract with the production company involved. Apologies.”

Below are sample comments from Kenyans on Twitter regarding the matter;

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