Animation in Kenya

Excellent article in Variety on the Kenyan animation industry [Update: dead link. Try this one]. Kenya is in central Africa, but…

“Kenya’s animation industry began to blossom with a series of U.N.-sponsored training programs from 2004-2006, which brought Kenyan animators together with artists from around the world. Dubbed Africa Animated!, the initiative was created to enhance the ability of African animators to compete with the Western imports, which dominate children’s programming on African TV stations.”

Here’s the intro to the regular Tinga Tinga series they’re now providing to the BBC in the UK…

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Duh x 12

The video for The Hairs’ “Duh x 12” track. Love how this charmingly uses ‘found’ animation on the web, and cheap webcam overlays…

The Hairs (New York City) are part of a current East Coast sound, making music very much in the mold the awesome Beach Fossils (NYC), Minks (Boston/NYC), and Wild Nothing (Virginia/NYC). I’m really loving discovering the new sound from this cluster of bands, which has roots in the English twee of the 80s — I guess the best way to describe it is to imagine “Sunday Morning” by the Velvet Underground meets Talulah Gosh, in the Air studio, produced by The Byrds.