Willis Austin Chimano Biography | Sauti Sol Member

Willis Austin Chimano

Willis Austin Chimano is a vocalist, keytar and saxophone player. His
deep voice and flamboyant style makes him stand out in the group.
Before the formation of Sauti Sol, Chimano contested and won in the
annual Fête de la Musique music competition at the French Cultural
Centre, while
studying French. After the competition Chimano went to
Paris for a two-week experience where he got to sample new music
translations.

Since Sauti Sol’s inception in 2006, Chimano has remained active in
the group and part of the creation of Sauti Sol two albums: Mwanzo
(2008) and Sol Filosofia (2011). He is currently involved as a guitarist
and producer.

Chimano says: “I met Sauti Sol members individually in three
different scenarios. And it’s the dynamics of how we all came together
as a band that still baffle me irrespective of the fact that three of us
were in the same high school. It was pure serendipity that despite
different career dreams, music brought us together in a way
inexplicable.”

Chimano graduated from University of Nairobi with a degree in
Journalism & Media Studies. He remains active in Sauti Sol’s Soma
Soma Initiative which champions education among youth.

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