In Nairobi's nightlife, 'there's no time to stop'(Read article summary)
Two Nairobi hip-hop artists describe the Nairobi nightlife, which offers a party every night of the week.
Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobiâ€™s character changes after the sunâ€™s gone down. P.O.P and Richie Rich, hip-hop musicians with the cityâ€™s Ukoo Flani collective, tell Mike Pflanz how past midnight is not as you might imagine.
Itâ€™s way into tomorrow already, and the DJ at the Skylux club, on the 3rd floor of a nondescript office block, has packed the dance floor.
RICHIE RICH: Something newâ€™s coming to Nairobi in the last five years. You know thereâ€™s a lot moving in this city, thereâ€™s construction, thereâ€™s new apartments everywhere, guys are feeling that thereâ€™s a hype about the place, itâ€™s picking up. Moneyâ€™s moving around. People have it, or theyâ€™re chasing it.
P.O.P: In the daytime, people are coming in from all around the city, other districts, they are selling things, they are working somewhere, then they go home. In the nighttime, itâ€™s for people really who live here.
In the day, everyoneâ€™s got their head down, moving fast, somewhere to go. Thereâ€™s no time to talk. Maybe you donâ€™t know anyone you see on the streets. Everyoneâ€™s slick, man. There ainâ€™t no city with the percentage of slickers we got here.
Nighttime, there are familiar faces everywhere. We go to the same places, we know each other. This place, itâ€™s more friendly in the night than in the day. I love the night.
RICHIE RICH: Every night, thereâ€™s something. Here you can be at the party from Monday to Monday. Even Monday, thereâ€™s a place thatâ€™s packed, you go in there and youâ€™re like, damn, who are all these people packing this place on a Monday night?
Tuesday, thereâ€™s so many places. Wednesday, now itâ€™s kicking. Thursday, man, I donâ€™t know what happened to Thursday. It came up about a year ago and now itâ€™s like another weekend day. Iâ€™ll be there at a party thinking, â€śThereâ€™s somewhere I gotta be in the morning.â€ť Then you look around and see itâ€™s going crazy. You canâ€™t leave that.
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays. I canâ€™t keep up. Guys are just throwing it every night here.
P.O.P.: You know this is the only city in Nairobi thatâ€™s got class. Everywhere else, you get a guy heâ€™s the boss of some company, very rich, but here with everyone else wearing the same clothes, you canâ€™t tell.
Here even people from the ghetto dress expensive. They are down in the markets buying secondhand Hilfiger, secondhand Nike, secondhand whatever, all the stuff. Girls are spending little money and looking like theyâ€™re worth millions.
Man, people here dress to impress. You can look at her and think, man, is she from the slums or is she from some high-class neighborhood? You canâ€™t tell. Thatâ€™s Nairobi.