Sauti Sol’s Chimano has opened up about his life being socially awkward.
Speaking in a recent episode of Engage Talk, Chimano recounted his early childhood saying he realised that social interactions were not his cup of tea.
“Growing up I considered myself a very awkward child but maybe I’m being too hard on myself so I will try and explain.
“I used to find it so laborious to make friends. It was an activity that I honestly thought I could do without,” he started.”
Chimano went through four different schools which made it difficult for him to retain friends.
He says his Christian parents tried to get the best education for him and all his other siblings.
He did well and was enrolled at Kakamega High School but was transferred to Upper Hill where he met the rest of his band members Bien Barasa, Savara Mudigi and Polycarp Otieno.
“But in high school, I was still a very subdued child,” he described.
Despite getting into the University of Nairobi to study journalism, Chimano didn’t feel as though he was fulfilling his purpose in life until his music career started picking up.
He says his sense of fashion by helping his mother pick out clothes to wear to church and work.
“For dad, it was a bit hard,” he said.
“Being on stage is such an amazing feeling. When I am dressed in my rarely subtle attire and singing, it feels like a different sort of energy. It brings me fulfillment,” Chimano explained.
He described his sense of fashion as a challenge to toxic masculinity.
“I’m proud of the man that I’m becoming. A man who listens, a man who strives to understand the world around him in most cases, who cherishes and loves to be there for his loved ones who have played a tremendous role in his life,” he said.
He concluded by thanking other band members for always standing by him and understanding him better.
Chimano together with his fellow stars from Sauti Sol will tonight launch their album Midnight Train in the biggest online showcase in Africa.