Chimano of Sauti SOL Comes Out as Gay With a Powerful Message: “It Doesn’t Define You”

Singer Willis Austin Chimano, of the group Sauti Sol, announced he is gay and confirms he is a member of the LGBT+ community to encourage others to live their truth.

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He revealed his status as a member of the LGBT+ community in a new interview with the local publication The Standard. PHOTO via @TWITTER

KAMPALA | LIFESTYLE UGANDA ( — Willis Austin Chimano aka Chimano, a singer for Sauti Sol, has come out as gay as a message to others to live their truth. He describes the LGBT+ community as “my family” and encourages others to do the same.

  • Sauti Sol singer Chimano opens up about being gay and says, ‘It doesn’t define you’
  • The band Sauti Sol was formed in 2005, released three albums, and toured Europe and Africa.
  • The ‘Friday Feeling’ hitmaker confirmed his gay status in an interview with The Standard.
  • Chimano joins a long list of Kenyans who have also disclosed their sexuality.
  • See also Kenya’s boyband Sauti Sol Named Ambassadors for Infinix.

The singer-songwriter Chimano is a member of one of Kenya’s most successful afro-pop groups, Sauti Sol, with the group enjoying success across the continent and in the diaspora.

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Sauti Sol was founded in 2005 and has released three studio albums and toured successfully throughout Africa and Europe.

Among the awards the band won were the 2016 MTV Europe Music Awards for Best African Act and the 2017 MTV Africa Music Awards for Best Group

His membership in the LGBT+ community was confirmed in a new interview with the local publication The Standard.

Kenya currently punishes men who engage in sexual activity with one another by up to 14 years in prison, however, prosecutions under this law are rare.

A challenge to overturn the law was rejected by the Kenyan High Court in 2019 despite changes in attitudes towards LGBT+ people.

Recently, Chimano released a single called “Friday Feeling”, which was titled after underground ballroom culture within the LGBTQ community.

“It is the first time I have been able to express myself through music, and you really get to know Chimano as a person, which is a hard task. This song represents underground ballroom culture within the queer community, which I am a part of,” he told The Standard.

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‘It’s the first time I’m expressing myself through a song, and that entails a lot of weight to carry for me. It’s just a representation of the underground ballroom culture that surrounds me in the queer community,” he told The Standard.

The singer urged fans to think about living a fulfilling life by saying: “Sexuality does not define you, It is about me putting myself out there, my creativity, and living my truth; Figure out what your own happiness is as well as with yourself, Gather your own life.”

As he added: “Sexuality doesn’t define you, it’s just about me putting myself out there, about my creativity, and living my truth, and finding out who you really are. Gather your own life.”

The singer stated that as he gets older, he has a wider perspective on life and who he should be. For him, it’s not about what everyone else thinks of him.

“My perspective on life has changed as I have gotten older. It is not about what I should be like what everyone else thinks,” the singer said.

In addition to Chimano, several other prominent Kenyans have come out publicly about their sexual orientation.

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