• Chimano said his EP challenges toxic masculinity, prejudices and hypocrisy
Sauti Sol's Chimano says it was the first time putting his creativity to the test alone after releasing 'Friday Feeling'.
"I am serving realness as we all should," he said.
"I have fully started to express myself and deep down for me, this is an expression of happiness and freedom."
The music video featured a few members from the LGBTQ community, among them Makena Njeri and Transgender Letoya.
Speaking about the song, Chimano said it is about embracing your body, your outfit, your crew and your hard-earned money.
"Going out and having fun shouldn't be an uphill task because you immediately start thinking of the inhibitions that may affect you," he said.
"This song is about having a good time and in my case a good ass queer time. It's a feeling of freedom. Do you, be extra, be alive and free! That’s 'Friday Feeling!'"
The feel-good freedom song produced by DTX was co-written by Chimano, Don Ngatia and Bensoul and is the first single off Chimano's upcoming EP, 'Heavy is the Crown', expected to be released next year.
Speaking about his EP, Chimano said the 80s were an era where fashion, culture and music meant a lot to him and the sounds of that era have a lot to do with his inspirations.
"I needed to be myself fully because of my found conviction and I needed to have courage to be that for others, to inspire them to see that they can also be themselves," he said.
"The crown in this case is on you and me. If you go through life in kindness, standing up for your dreams and aspirations, respecting your fellow human beings and respecting the right of others to live unrestricted as long as it's not an infringement on your human rights, then you have a crown on your head.
"It's hard to ignore the burdens society puts on you but by believing and focusing on yourself while being kind to others, you have crowned yourself and don't need anyone to validate that."
Chimano said his EP challenges toxic masculinity, prejudices and hypocrisy.
Chimano performing 'Friday Feeling' Off his upcoming album 'Heavy is the Crown'. Prod by: DTX Written by: Willis Austin Chimano, Don Ngatia & Benson Mutua ...