Sauti Sol and Obama Dance Lipala!

Sauti Sol and Obama Dance Lipala!

President Obama ended his historic trip to his father’s country, Kenya, last weekend with an official state dinner and showed the Kenyans he hadn’t forgotten his roots with an impressive twirl on the dance floor.

Kenyan artist Sauti Sol posted a video of the US president dancing the Lipala, a traditional Kenyan dance which the a cappella band has brought back with an Azonto-style modern twist. The president danced with the  VMA and BET Award-winning artists, accompanied by his half-sister, Auma Obama, international hip-hop star and activist, Akon, National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta and his First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta.

Sauti Sol posted the video (see below) on Instagram saying, “And for those who doubted President @barackobama’s step – the #LipalaDance #SuraYako is his new favourite Kenyan dance!”

The band was formed in Nairobi by singers Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano and Delvin Mudigi in 2005 as an a capella group before bringing in the guitarist Polycarp Otieno and renaming themselves Sauti Sol.

Their debut album, Mwanzo was released on 4 August 2009, to critical acclaim. Two years later, they released Sol Filosofia, earning the group a number of international accolades and nominations. Their third studio album, titled Live and Die in Afrika, is still in production, under their own imprint label called, Sauti Sol Entertainment, and is set for release this year.

The band has successfully toured Europe as well as right across Africa, and topped the Kenyan charts a number of times.In 2011 their concert performance in Kenya with South African acapella group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo drew international praise and acclaim.

Check out the limpala dance in their video below along with the video of the president, and see if you can do better!

Sauti Sol and Obama dance Lipala

photo: ABC

source: Wikipedia/various websites

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