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From Forced Accent to Culture Shock: The Things That Make Summer Bunnies Look Like Foreigners

Kelen Gitaru and Beatrice Chibutsa during the Summer Bunnies edition of Blankets and Wine at Ngong Racecourse, January 2020. [Felix Kavii, Standard]

One of the popular club hits of the mid-1990s that still dominates nightclubs is R Kelly’s summer bunnies rap piece.

It’s the same tone that Bensoul, Nviiri The Storyteller and Fancy Fingers chose in their release last month, summer bunny.

“I want to be closer to you than to my neighbors

Close to you than my friends

Tusingojee ifike December

And I want to see you everyday,” the chorus goes.

The two hits headlined two major concerts in Nairobi last weekend; one held at the former Kiza Lounge, now known as Kulture, and another held at Four Points by Sheraton in Hurlingham, Nairobi.

Both were mainly frequented by Kenyans from the diaspora who were back home for the December holidays.

It’s not over yet. The last of the Summer Bunnies parties was this weekend.

Traditionally, the mid-January period in Nairobi is usually bustling with club action by the Summer Bunnies throwing their last parties before returning overseas for another year of study and work.

Generally, Summer Bunny parties are like homecoming parties dedicated to homesick Kenyans, who after being away from the country for a long time, can catch up with all that has been happening in the party scene all along. year round.

They hang out at clubs to bond with the “local friends” who share all the interesting things about party life. A joke is shared about how these Summer Bunnies speak with an accent, having been away in “America” ​​and having the image of an outsider; Gucci and Louis Vuitton white cotton clothes and sunglasses (to say it’s summer).

In fact, at most parties, it is dictated that attendees should wear white.

“I hear guys aren’t driving the party anymore because Uber has become the real deal. A designated driver is all that’s needed here and with 250 shillings you’ll be safe at home unlike the old days where we were drinking and driving or ordering taxis for over 1,000 shillings,” joked a Kulture Lounge party attendee.

He had been away in Dubai for three years and was excited about the transformation of the social scene.

“It’s not just about the Uber driver. Have you seen how the roads have changed. I mean, if you’re driving from a club at night and you miss a ride, you’ll probably end up in Naivasha,” replied his friend from Nairobi who insisted that the current drink of choice is gin, a pocket drink that many big spenders have scaled. due to the economic depression of Covid-19.

These are the kinds of stories that dominate the Summer Bunnies party grounds.

They will talk about the death of Gengetone, the rise of Amapiano, Bitcoin and M-Pesa, politics and girls, sipangangw’i and kielewekwe…

They will spend the night drinking and making comparisons between party life in Nairobi and Dallas, the latter being the city where most Kenyan showbiz actors operate in the United States.

Someone jokes that the summer bunnies should do their thing and leave us alone. Here in January, as the streets say, the ground is hard. It is indeed a sending.

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