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Bien Baraza Insists Raila Must Pay to Use Extravaganza Song: ‘Baba Hanilipii Rent’

Sauti Sol lead singer Bien-Aime Baraza has stated that they won’t back down from the copyright infringement battle pitting the boy band and Azimio One Kenya Alliance presidential aspirant Raila Odinga. 

Speaking in an interview with a local radio station, the singer clarified that he has no problem with the former Prime Minister. 
He, however, argued that it is their right to earn from their work. 
“I have no problem with Raila. I’m just trying to be professional here. I won’t allow anyone to use my songs for his or her personal gain. Raila is not paying my rent or he won’t pay my 50 workers at the end of the month,” Bien said. 
Bien also stated that he wants to be paid some good amount of money by Azimio in the event the court rules in their favour. 
“I am expecting something big. It can be even one billion,” he said. 
The Raila Odinga-led coalition was put on the spot for using their hit song, Extravaganza during the unveiling of Azimio running mate Martha Karua. 
A video shared by Azimio on social media had the song playing as Raila announced Karua as his deputy president nominee. 
The band maintained that Azimio’s move to use their song for campaign purposes amounted to copyright infringement. 

“We shall be seeking legal remedy for this clear violation of our copyright,” the group said.

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