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.