currently researching african animation : interested in compiling a database of practitioners in various sub-saharan countries : welcome any postings from practitioners

Thursday, December 15, 2011

on animation in Zimbabwe

Whilst its not often that we get any news of the animation scene in Zimbabwe, there has been much activity including the Joint Afrikan Animation Group JAAG running various events including the Zimbabwe Festival of African Inspired Animation, ZIMFAIA. You can read all about this event and some budding artists work on the Global Press Article
JAAG's 2010 conference was the first official meeting of Zimbabwean animators and VFX practitioners and there is an online document of the proceedings that can be found here.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

The Black Heart Gang talk about their work

Courtesy of DesignIndaba here is great little clip with the BlackHeartGang from South Africa, talking about their work, this includes also their own animation "The Tale of How".

Friday, December 02, 2011

Bino and Fino air on Sky TV in the UK

WAGEUZI: Battle 2012 Animated Short

Andrew Kaggia's animated short WAGEUZI will be released on the 2nd December. The short pre-release trailer looks like a kenyan-style cross between political sci-fi and the transformers...

A more recent and updated preview can be viewed at Andrew Kaggia's facebook page.

HomeBoyz Animation Showreel

Following their work on the TingaTinga Tales series, Homeboyz Animation Studio in Nairobi have released their most recent showreel of animated work... With some diverse styles and techniques its an exciting flavour of the Kenyan talent....

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

SHUJAAZ TV from Kenya

Another great animation from Kenya, as the first 'official' Shujaaz TV broadcast goes on YOUTUBE- put together by Just A Band's (and Shujaaz artist) Daniel Muli, Muchiri Njenga, Zoe Muthoga, Movin Were.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Friday, May 06, 2011

The Legend of Ngong Hills

Another great addition to the body of Kenyan animations, the animator Kwame Nyongo completes his charming animated short, The Legend of Ngong Hills.
"Based upon a Maasai folktale, 'The Legend of Ngong Hills' is the creation myth of these beautiful hills that backdrop present day Nairobi. Available in leading retail outlets across Kenya. See trailer on YouTUBE.
March 2011"

You can link to his website to read more about his other animations and work by clicking here
 Kwame Nyongo

Friday, April 15, 2011

Another animated film from Ezra Wube: Hisab

This beautiful painterly animation, based on Ethiopian folklore is another addition to the body of work by Ezra Wube. Here is a short excerpt - to watch the full 6 minute film go to IMDB or CLICK HERE

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Great posting on African Graphic Novels...

Following on from an Issue in African Writing - Geoff Ryman posts a supplemental addition to his article with a collection of images from different African Graphic Novels and links to various articles on the subject - definitely worth taking a look! Click to go to AFRICAN GRAPHIC NOVELS

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ethiopian animator Bruktawit Tigabu gives an inspiring TED talk in ADDIS

An inspiring story about the start of "Teshai loves Learning", overcoming adversities and more Bruktawit talks about what drives her work....

You can read more about it here TEDxADDIS

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Up and coming Ghanian animator's blog...

With some groovy pictures and great concept work... "Gyimah(pronounced:Jee-Ma) Litsitso Gariba.Second year Sheridan Animation student from Ghana living in Toronto" makes for a wonderful addition to the body of work inspired and made by African animators....

See Ggariba's Blog

a great Kenyan find... from political to humourous 3D animation

In 2009 - the A3 Genesis Event screened a program of animations that were both local to Kenya and other African countries. Hot off the press, this was the first time political animation "The Greedy Lords of the Jungle" was screened locally(British Council) to a local audience. It later screened at the Durban FIlm Festival in 2009. It resonanted on many levels not least because it followed the still very recent post election violence. A recent search for this animation led to the discovery of what now appears to be a company based in Nairobi, RECON Digital, working on other 3D Computer Generated animations. The new "Domestic Disturbance" is a great addition to their portfolio...

 Go to RECON DIgital to read more about the company

Sunday, February 06, 2011

egyptian animation makes it voice heard...

With recent events unfolding across Eygpt and Tunisia
animation has found its place amongst the political voices...

For more visit KharabeeshCartoons Youtube Channel

Friday, February 04, 2011

Bino and Fino Launch their website!

Nigerian Animation Bino and Fino

can now be found on their very own website with stuff for sale, episodes to watch and more related info.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

a rare tanzanian find...

Kitoi Mwelevututunze Vyanzo Vya Majiavi

whilst its not clear whether an animator by profession the enviromentalist Jerome Kimaru's productions are a great addition to evidence of Tanzanian animation