Chimano has joined a growing list of prominent young Kenyans who are coming out as gay or lesbian.
“Young people are saluting him and are seeing him as an icon who comes out to celebrate his life and his sexuality. It’s a good thing, it shows our diversity as a country,” gay rights activist Kevin Mwachiro told the BBC.
Where does this leave the band?
Sauti Sol is one of the biggest if not biggest band in Africa but won’t this affect them?
Being an African country, we have never fully accepted these kinds of relationships. However, Chimano seems so determined that he even released a solo song aside from his group where he talked about his life and what he has been sweeping under the mat.
“It is the first time I am expressing myself in a song. You really get to know who Chimano is and that is a heavy crown to carry. It is just a representation of the underground ballroom culture within the queer community… which I am part of,” he is quoted as saying.
The consequence of this move in Kenya is supposed to be 14 years in jail. However, it’s on rare occasions that they punish people in Kenya.
So many young people have gone away untouched after confessing their sexuality. Is this going to be the same with him? How are people going to receive this band right now?
Will they keep their big spot in the public eye? Here in Uganda, people don’t embrace such relationships at all in any way.
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