In the News: Week of 27 February

This week, we feature one of our own! That, and other news, have been curated by Victor Omondi, GESCI-AKEs manager.

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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?

screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-6-27-57-amSouth African animation nominated for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards

In the News: Week of 5 September

Africa Will Build The Future Says Zuckerberg, Visits Kenya On First African Trip

 Mboka, a rwandan theatre production directed by Carole Karemera Umuringa, features original writing, dance and music from a wide variety of Rwandan artists.

What Really Is ‘African Music’?

The Pan African Youth Orchestra (http://www.payomusic.com/) in Ghana teaches children 6 to 16 on new traditional African music by making African music that utilizes instruments from diverse musical cultures from the continent.

Check this interview with Moyin Oloruntoba, she is the creator of A1 an online African Entertainment & Pop culture channel targeting the African youth market:

In the news: Week of 1 August

Music Producers Explain How They Created a Hit

Meet Africa’s Superheroes:  Leti Arts’ first game, Africa’s Legends, launched three years ago, and has since been downloaded more than 50,000 times for free, mostly by people in Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and some parts of the U.S. and UK.

A Fun Video on Sound Design: Striving for both the most mundane and the most insane noises known to man, these Foley Artist’s are the unsung hero’s of many iconic moments in film.

 

Industry Insights: Why Video Game Music Should Be Taken Seriously – MTT – Music Think Tank

This is the first post on our series of Industry Insights: curated and original content from the experts in the field. To kick off the series, some important arguments to all participants:

If you’ve ever thought of video game music then Super Mario or Tetris probably sprang to…

Source: Why Video Game Music Should Be Taken Seriously – MTT – Music Think Tank

What we have learned lately, in images

It has been fascinating to get all these images ! Thank you for allowing us to share some of the insights, passions and learning opportunities you have had. As usual is very enlightening to notice the variety of interests, skills and motivations that we have when learning.

Here the complete collection of the image probes we got back. They all talk about the energy that circulates when learning, in all aspects of our lives. Enjoy

Mercy: The photo attached below  shows how important it is to take care of young animals and young children. At birth,the calf shivered,it was cold. I had to take a blanket and cover the calf, give it a hold and affection, eventually it slept off. The child’s mother left the baby crying, I gave a hold to the child and a motherly affection, the baby stopped crying and slept off. As human we assume that animals don’t need as much care but they do. Their mothers can’t give a hold or as much affection but we can. I felt the affection and connection, give it a trial and you will feel the same and view it my way.

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Taking Care

 

Albert: This week I have thought about knowing what you want and going for it.

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Purpose

Olipha: The photo was taken during learning time with my fellow students. I was drawing a character animation that is, so i paused to take a photo.

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Taking a pause

Edna: This is a photo of me learning how to use the wacom for last week’s project which was to make a storyboard for an advert.

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Making a storyboard

SparkMyke: Having a good time in the new studio

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Good times!

Maurice: Here are several attachments based on the things I’ve learned and what i am in the process of doing. The first  several images of a person hitting a table right from the first pose to the pose where he hits the table hard. The image is just a sketch of how the real product shall be. The second  is a complete drawing of a character alias dee dee which i use for my training purposes.

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Process

Soire: In the past few weeks, I have learnt to use my immediate environment as a source of inspiration to create backgrounds for 2D animations. Below is an example of reference image from our classroom window and it’s unfinished 2D render that I am working on.

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Reference & representation

Immaqlate: I added the score board and scores appear after each and every pin you hit to my bowling game in the woods.

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Bowling in the woods

Andika: Working with logic as a professional D A W…Never used a mac computer before to make music and now the whole experience is becoming professional to me.

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Professional experience

Makossiri: In the past few weeks we’ve been learning a lot about our cultures and identity and this inspired me to visit the Kenya National Theatre in search of musical instruments from my ethnic tribe(luo). This is me playing the Nyatiti, an 8 stringed lyre from the luo community originally played by men.

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Playing the Nyatiti

Mista: This week I was working on a football penalty game as shown on the photo….I was able to get a character with animations controls plus I added some script to it for the target score.

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Animating a football player

Francis: I have been learning how to use Wacom for better drawings in Animation.

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Drawing better animations

Nancy: I learnt how to put characters in a box. My character is one with attitude but still graceful and cultured. Using lines to express one self.

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Creating characters with attitude

Kahama: Team work!

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Team work

Stephen: I was able to come with the game functionality such as hitting the golf ball. That has been achieved through some of the skills I earned over the last week.

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Game functionality

Ruth: I have been working on a common game I used to play while young, called Rounders’. I placed my scene at our famous Uhuru Park that’s right at the center of the city. I used to the cubes as safe areas in the game and my character needs to step on them to be safe from getting hit by the ball. Though challenging when it comes to scripting, its coming up well and soon will be done. It awakens great memories and am happy that it’s coming to life.

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The joy of digital RoundersK

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Willis: The activity I’ve been up to this week, including yesterday, was doing some aerial shots with my new Dji Drone at Kiambu Tea Farms and the Great Rift Valley.

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Drone images

Andrea: I discovered that it is not so good idea to put to much glue in the circuits of an electronic embroidery… makes it difficult to repair 🙂

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Glue things carefully, stitch profusely!

Minna:

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Minna’s learning from everyone’s photos (& check out the article recommended by Victor about creative industries, under the Resources tab!)