Exactly 10 years ago during 2005, a group of just-out-of-school lads came together. They were bound by a shared vision to take up music as their professional career. While still in high school, they would be involved in singing events, each driven by the determination to explore the depths, and pursue their evident individual talent as singers.

The budding musical artistes-in-the-making comprised Bien-Aime Baraza, Willis Chimano, Delvin Mudigi and Polycarp Otieno. And a decade down the line, this four-piece group, which originally started out as an accapella quartet, has been grabbing headlines local scene, across Africa and in the US.

It has taken years of hard work, persistence and a stubborn hunger to make it to the top for the four old-school friends to curve their niche in musical landscape as the group Sauti Sol.

The success of their debut album, aptly titled Mwanzo [the beginning] not only paved the way for the band, but also set them on the path to musical success. Over the past two years, Sauti Sol have bagged numerous local and regional awards nominations.

The band has also landed invites to perform at concerts across Africa's fledging competitive musical landscape and on the global platform.

Close on the heels of last year's Best African Act [MTV EMA] accolade and Best Worldwide Act nomination, just last month - the group clinched a BET 2015 Awards nominee slot for the Best International Act.

They are pitted against contemporaries like Yemi Alade [Nigeria], Stonebwoy [Ghana], The Soil [South Africa], Sarkodie [Ghana], Fally Ipupa [DRCongo], Wizkid [Nigeria] and AKA [South Africa].

Sauti Sol's is the second Kenyan group to earn the coveted BET nominations. Almost three years ago during 2012, now defunct but then teen sensational trio group Camp Mulla bagged a nominee ticket in the same category.

This was just months before the group members opted to split up and pursue independent projects. Currently on tour in the US, Sauti Sol have been staging a series of shows, in the run up to the BET awards ceremony later this month on June 27.