In the News: Week of 31 October

Sony Music is investing in West Africa — and has plans to set up shop in Nairobi

Small and mighty: The rise of the Compact Business Model

How did Nigeria become a success in the Gaming Industry?

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In the News: Week of 24 October

Interview with Eyram Tawia, CEO and Co-Founder of Leti Arts that creates locally-relevant content and games based on African superheroes. Tawia is a participant of the Slush Impact Accelerator Program for changemaker entrepreneurs.

Q: What is your company’s biggest challenge?

A: Lack of skills in the market. We want to use local expertise to create games that can compete globally. But we’re facing a challenge. We have to build an industry, not just a company. We must invest and train individuals in order to have people to work at our company.

The Importance of African Storytelling in Film

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An interview with Nigerian fashion designer, Deola Ojo

Listen: Karoni Foli ….exploring the roots of bass Music with a very african sound design

First Kenyan producer to work at Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong studios

 

In the News: Week of 17 October

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Malika: Warrior Queen, a fifteenth century West African queen and military commander will be the protagonist of a graphical novel

Mentoring spurs tech innovations in Kenya

Kwaito culture spawned a number of cultural industries including magazines, fashion, radio stations, websites and television shows.

Infographics for cultural and creative industries in Africa and the Middle East

Industry Insight: The Future of Storytelling Festival

The Future of Storytelling Festival, #fostfest2016, took place this weekend in NYC.

Here are some highlights featuring innovative projects in the field of fiction, gaming, animation, journalism/education, and music.

Please click on the project to get more information/a demo.

  • REMINDER. This music video uses gaming aesthetics and Virtual Reality (VR) tools to create a dystopian musical experience.
  • THE DEEPER THEY BURY ME (award-winner).This is an interactive encounter with one of America’s most famous political prisoners.
  • CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF. Innovative music video by Santigold which uses the camera of your computer or mobile device to incorporate you into the video in real time.
  • CLOSE YOUR. A first-person game that uses webcam-based face detection to take you through another person’s life every time you blink.

  • FLIPPAPER. You can draw and actually play your very own pinball machine using only markers and paper.

In the News: Week of 3 October

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AKE participant Atieno Makkosiri will perform the opening act for the next Women In Music Concert Series, Sat, 15.10.2016 7:00 PM Goethe-Institut Nairobi

Africa’s Cultural and Creative Revolution: A Saga in the Making

Nigeria based digital entertainment startup Iroko launches IrokoX, a multi-platform Pan-African network for filmmakers, musicians, and other creative aspirants

 

“It’s a great time to be an African right now.”The SA Music Awards- winning Maleh says she is still hungry for world domination and believes that being an African is a plus.

 

Research:
Joseph Izang Azi: Appraising the Role of Afrimation (African- Animation) in Promoting Africa’s Rich Cultural Heritage in a Digital Age. International Journal of Computer Graphics & Animation (IJCGA) Vol.2, No.2/3, July 2012