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Commemorating Special Days: Wedding Photography

October 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM EAT / by Abigail Arunga posted in professional wedding photography, photography pricing, Onyango Ayany, photography school

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My name is Onyango Ayany and I live in Nairobi, Kenya. I also run my own production company, RNV Media, with three of my friends.
I have been working professionally as a photographer for the last 7 years, as a cinematographer for the last 3 years and “playing” with cameras for over 20 years.  I take pictures & make films about people, food, architecture and culture. My taste in photography is eclectic and I never shy away from a challenge.
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Music Production, schooling and the importance of relationships

October 4, 2017 10:00:00 AM EAT / by Abigail Arunga posted in music production, Tim Rimbui, Waabeh, musical relationships, Ennovatormusic, The Kenyan Music Industry

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Tim Rimbui is a producer and founder of the record label Waabeh, as well as Ennovatormusic. Ennovatormusic is a boutique Audio-Visual production company based in Nairobi, Kenya. His work has been heard around the world on projects by Warner Bros, Universal Music Group, BBC, MTV, Endemol Shine Africa, Coke Studio Africa, and Ogilvy Africa, just  to name a few. ADMI asked him about music production, how he got into it and what impact his work has had.

 

1. How did Ennovator Music come about?

Ennovatormusic was conceived when I was in high school in St. Mary’s circa 1998-99. It’s when I first got paid to write and produce some tracks for a gospel rap trio. Fast forward to 2017, we have been blessed and fortunate enough to work with a lot of big brands and artists. But the idea still remains the same: create some fire in your ears and now your eyes!

2. What are some of your favourites, in your repertoire, to have been behind?

It would be hard to say which are my favourites, but at the top of mind would be the work with Warner Bros for the pamoja Mtaani Video game, Phy, Rabbit, Kiu, Khaligraph, Atemi and Ksouth, Eric Wainaina, and even the Omenerds Podcast!! I also loved the work we did on Coke Studio, as well as Maisha Superstar.

3. Why did you think Waabeh, the audio marketplace for music, was a good idea? 

It is a good idea as there is growing audience that actually wants to buy music, online, and without stress. Waabeh created value for both the musicians and their fans.

4. What is most complicated about music production? What are Kenyans doing wrong?

Production is more business than talent, that’s the harder part. Anyone can be talented. There are several thousand folks who are very talented but don’t know where the next meal is coming from. Converting the talent into bank notes as always the hardest part of what we do.

Kenyans are actually doing nothing wrong. It’s the ecosystem that lets them down. We compare ourselves with countries [Nigeria, TZ, SA] that have legislation that forces the media to play more than 70-90% music/videos local content. If we did that for even 5 years the results would be amazing. Secondly, we tend to confuse Nairobi with the rest of Kenya, in that, whereas the urban stations play foreign music, the rest that target the other 46 counties do play music from here and it shows in that those artists are actually in some ways more popular and well to do than the 'urban' ones.

5. Do you think school is important, in terms of musical schooling, for musicians, and producers, and everyone involved in the making of, say, a track? How much did you learn on the job?

An education is important, it will always be as it is a safety net for adulthood, and that does not just mean a degree in music theory, production or how to be a music video/film/tv producer. It also means the other things like marketing, PR, Law and IP (Intellectual Property), Business, et al - that add up to success. The flip side is that even with a degree, the entertainment industry is still 100% relationship based. You have to start at the bottom and build your relationships and skills. I believe the two go hand in hand. Personally, even with the schooling that have, I would attribute more to learning on the job.

Learn more about our Diploma in Music Production!

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How to get your own comic book done and published.

September 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM EAT / by Abigail Arunga posted in Animation, animation and motion graphics, Motion Graphics, Point Blank Evumbi, comic books, Kenyan comic books

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You know Emmanuel Nyakwada as Point Blank Evumbi, if you are at all interested in the world of graphics and animation in Kenya. Point Blank is a performing artist, event host, illustrator and animator currently known for comic book publishing and his yet to be released 2D animation feature film. We asked him what animation is all about.

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What does a software engineer do?

September 22, 2017 10:00:00 AM EAT / by Abigail Arunga posted in software engineering, software design, information on software engineering, what does a software engineer do?, David Mabiria, Strategic Technologies, Magunga Bookstore

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David Mabiria is a serial entrepreneur. He's the founder of Strategic Technologies, co-founder of Magazine Reel & Magunga Bookstore, which all happened because of his main hustle: being a software engineer. It might sound like a fancy term, which is why we got up close and candid with him to find out: what exactly does a software engineer do?
DM: Makes software.

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So you want to be a graphic designer?

September 13, 2017 3:21:35 PM EAT / by Abigail Arunga posted in graphic design, graphic design colleges, logo design, Ian Arunga, graphic design classes

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We talked to one of the best ones in the game - Ian Arunga, who is the Art Director for FCB Sema House, who started off as a graphic designer himself.
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Why should kids learn art in school?

September 8, 2017 1:02:57 PM EAT / by Abigail Arunga posted in Design, graphic design, art school, drawing classes, art history

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We talked to Nzilani Simu, who is a Graphic Design Lecturer at ADMI.

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Top 5 best video games in 2017

September 2, 2017 2:05:42 PM EAT / by Phillip Odhiambo posted in software engineering, gaming, software development, software design, game design

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The last few years has seen tremendous growth in the video gaming industry. There is a growing gaming community in Africa who are keeping tabs with these developments. We recently sad down with one such avid gamer Philip Odhiambo an ADMI alumni and according to him these are the top 5 best videos games in 2017.

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What Are Film Distributors Looking For?

August 23, 2017 10:00:00 AM EAT / by Abigail Arunga posted in Film & Television, MultiChoice Africa, SABC, sound quality, shows, Erica Sugo Anyadike, Selling Your Film, distribution, picture

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How to sell your film.

Erica Sugo Anyadike is the founder of StoryLab Limited, and has over 10 years experience in the television industry. She worked in development for Morula Pictures (creators of 'Generations') and was a Commissioning Editor, and subsequently a Programming Manager, at the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation).

In Kenya, she has worked as a Head of Development for another company before forming her own company, StoryLab, as well as working for MultiChoice Africa. Her passion is "ensuring that the stories a society tells about itself are varied and vibrant."

We asked her about buying and selling films, and what makes a good one in this market.

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6 Tips to Make Your Film Project Stand Out.

August 16, 2017 6:35:15 PM EAT / by Thomas Bundi posted in film, Film & Television, film maker, film making

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CRAFTING YOUR CINEMATIC PROJECT:

As aspiring African film makers, directors and producers, it is necessary to develop and create projects that are of high artistic and commercial value. For quite some time now, the term 'local content' has often been associated with less than world-class quality projects.

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What is the Difference Between an Animator and an Illustrator?

August 14, 2017 1:50:17 PM EAT / by Abigail Arunga posted in Animation, graphics, illustrator

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We recently had a chat with our own Brian Omolo, a digital artist and a lecturer at ADMI, to help us better understand the difference between being an animator and an illustrator.

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