Sauti Sol’s guitarist, composer, and producer, Polycarp Otieno, better known as ‘Fancy Fingers’, is readying himself for a church wedding to his long-time Burundian girlfriend Lady Mandy.
Last month, Polycarp and Mandy solemnised their union in an elegant traditional wedding in Bujumbura, Burundi. It was on the same day Fancy Fingers went to settle the dowry with his in-laws.
“That is according to the Burundi culture,” Polycarp explained.
“The one we had in Burundi was big enough and I had everybody that I wanted to see there, but we have to do a church wedding to get church blessings,” he said.
“Dates and destination of the wedding are not set yet, although it will be exclusively for family,” Polycarp added.
Explaining how different Burundi’s culture is from Kenya’s, Fancy Fingers said: “There are two clans in Burundi, which speak the same language but each has its own way of doing things. So you pay the dowry after negotiating and agree with the family before the actual date.”
“Then on the actual dates, you meet there. There is a lot of celebrations with music and drums, which they play in a perfect way. Then the groom presents the dowry, which the family either accepts or refuses. All this time, the lady is hidden.”
Word on the street has it that the church wedding is slated for November.