Music producer and composer Polycarp Otieno, aka Fancy Fingers, has released his debut solo single, ‘How I Met Your Mama’, which is off his album ‘Father Studies’
In a statement, the Sauti Sol member said, “The song is a fusion of Kenyan and Burundian sounds and optics to show my son his roots. Because that is part of his identity.”
Adding, “We need to tell African stories to our young ones. I chose to start from how I met my son’s mother, my wife. Conversations with my friends also proved that most of us don’t know the full story of how our parents met.”
The music video features cameos by his wife Lady Mandy, their son Sulwe and the celebrated Burundian drums, Ingoma.
This marks the start of his individual journey as a solo entertainer and singer. Written, sung and produced by Fancy Fingers, the new single is a heartfelt dedication to his son and a real life story, relaying how his Papa (Fancy Fingers) met his Mama.
The poetic single is an enticing entrée into Fancy Fingers’ 10-track upcoming body of work. He reveals that;
“Father Studies’ is a concept came to me after the birth of my son, while I was on paternity leave. I realized just how being fully present was impactful to my small family, it gave me the chance to develop a special bond with my son,” adding, “ It’s sad that the Kenyan law only gives two weeks leave to the father, leaving the chunk of the parenting to the mother, which should not be the case.”
The album is more than a reflection of the life and times of an African father from different viewpoints. It’s Fancy Fingers’ way of breaking stereotypes and an intersection of his strong belief in pan Africanism, intentional fatherhood/ parenting and wellness. He says,
“My hope is to inspire young African Fathers to understand that dad is destiny. Your presence physically, but more so emotionally is what your child needs to be the best they can be in life.”