Chimano recently released his much anticipated 'Heavy is the crown' EP.
Speaking of the 7-track project, says “It feels good to be authentic, at peace and centered. It’s a good place for me to be in and to stick to my values. This EP is who I am. I am coming out of my shell. It takes time for who you are to shine bright from your soul, from within, to the outside - a lot of people will relate to this.”
As a member of Grammy-certified Kenyan music group, Sauti Sol, working on this iconic EP was revolutionary for Chimano. He had started writing some songs off the EP up to three years ago but didn’t know where they would fit. It was until Sauti Sol’s ‘Alone Together’ project came along that Chimano found a home for his own and personal sound and lyrics.
He says of the journey of working as a solo artist, “The working experience on this project was amazing with a roller coaster of feelings; I felt challenged, uplifted and I understood who I am more with this project and it’s one of the things that gives me undefiant confidence,” adding, “The experience has been very eye opening to who I am. I made a new best friend within me that was waiting to come out to explore his creativity, image and brand.”
Even though Chimano unveils his vulnerability to the listener, he confidently relays a fine project with a strong impulse to impel people to look within themselves and listen to their inner voices. Those lost in the path of their self-actualization can find their purpose in life or what they want to achieve in their careers and lives. The journey to this takes time but with patience you will get there.
It’s a risqué EP that challenges toxic masculinity, prejudices and hypocrisy.
Chimano sums up, “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. I have fully started to express myself and deep down for me this is an expression of happiness and freedom.”