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The music video was for the song "Honey" and was directed by Erykah Badu and Chris Robinson. It is set in a record store and various album covers are shown where Erykah Badu portrays the artist or artists on the album covers. One of the album covers is that of The Beatles' "Let it Be" (at around 1:55). The video also spoofs the cover of the January 1981 issue of Rolling Stone magazine which featured Yoko Ono and John Lennon (at around 3:40).
In the last few seconds of the video, the artwork from the 1976 album for the band Boston can be seen on the wall of the record store, just below and to the left of the artwork for Honey.
Not surprisingly, this music video won Best Direction at the 2008 MTV Music Video Awards and was also nominated for Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Special Effects.
Erykah Badu coming to Kenya
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
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Get more information here.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
ROFFEKE chats with Nambari Tisa of Murfy’s Flaw about music video directing and the movie store problem!
Towards the close of 2011, I interviewed music video director and band member Nambari Tisa. Nambari Tisa is Swahili for “Number Nine”. Who knows the story behind the name of the only male presence in the Murfy’s Flaw sextet? But here is the story behind the video of their exciting song “Hello Light”, which is also the title of their most recent Album.
ROFFEKE: Are you into photography? (Because in the video, I could recognize some photography techniques like silhouettes, time lapse, etc).
Nambari Tisa: I love photography though I'm very unskilled at it...Maybe one day I'll move on up. Although I can tell good shots... I never feel satisfied with capturing them the exact way I want or see them. Does that make sense to you?
ROFFEKE: Makes total sense to me! As a screenwriter, sometimes the ideas in my head and what ultimately ends up on paper are two different things! Speaking of ideas, how did you come up with the idea for this video?
Nambari Tisa: We discussed the concept with Ogopa (Lukas and Moses) and the shots I wanted and they worked the cameras. The rest was us getting the right shots. We had ideas for crazier shots... but in the end we put what we thought worked.
We had hashed it out with the band, a few early ideas were thrown out... and this is what we decided on. We wanted something simple but still capturing the essence of the song. That was the trickiest part. How to work with the light theme with the tools at hand. Now that it is done I'm having ideas of other ways to have done it... but it’s what I call the movie store problem.
ROFFEKE: The movie store problem?
Nambari Tisa: You know what that is, right? When you go to a movie store and you knew what you wanted but when you get there you forget and after you have left... you are like oh... I should have gotten this and that...
ROFFEKE: Ah! I see! So that's the movie store problem. I guess I know that as the book store problem!
Nambari Tisa: I guess one should always write a shopping list... but since I have such a bad handwriting and I don't really write anything down anyway... c'est la vie...
ROFFEKE: Are Ogopa into rock music? Or was it just a job for them?
Nambari Tisa: It was a job I guess. But Lukas really got to love the song. In the end it was difficult to get it away from him (laughs). He got attached. He unleashed some very nice ideas that we worked with.
ROFFEKE: How long did it take to shoot the video?
Nambari Tisa: We shot 15th of October. It was the only free slot we had...with all the Gigs, Road show, Album Mastering and Launch to do. All our Weekends were booked solid till January.
ROFFEKE: You shot in one day?!
Nambari Tisa: Yeah... well for the band shots... we had already planned the shots with Moses so it was just a matter of co-ordinating the band to be at the right places at the right time. There are some street level shots and others done later without the band and a lot of them didn't make the cut.
About Murfy's Flaw
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Mildred Achoch: What goes into producing a music video?
Brad Partin: $$$
Mildred : (laughs) Of course! Then do you get to pick the director, costumes etc?
Brad: I picked the song. Sorted through some videos by the different camera/video people, and picked the best of the bunch. The costumes were pretty much up to the people in the video and the artist. The folks in the video have to sign releases for their image/photo's to be used (legal crap).
Mildred: Sounds interesting! I plan to direct videos some time in the future…
Brad: You should! I paid good money for that video.
Mildred: But I hate all that legal stuff.
Brad: Legal stuff sucks but it is a necessary evil. I don’t like getting sued. Also, people WILL take advantage of you so you better be careful what you sign off on or agree to do.
Mildred: I would love to be more careful but sometimes I just sign stuff because I need to get paid quickly! Hopefully, after I've won that Oscar, things will be different.
Brad: Starving for your art makes us martyrs. Hence the name of my label. I'll put in a good word for you on that Oscar! (laughs) But you’re gonna have to kiss all the butts on your own.
Mildred: Ah! So that's where the name comes from!!! Mystery solved lol! I have never learned the art of butt kissing. And of course, as a Christian, why should I butt kiss when I have my heavenly Father's favor?
Brad: Word. Truth. The blood/story of the martyrs is the loudest voice there is. God Bless you. Stay gold!
For more information about Martyr’s Truth Records, check out http://www.myspace.com/martyrstruthrecords
Link to the music video: http://www.myspace.com/chicagoisburningmusic/videos
Monday, November 7, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
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Sunday, February 27, 2011
“For the 15th edition, taking place from 9th of November till 13th, we are planing to present several programms of Short Movies from the African continent and I'm programming a special evening with the Theme "Heavy Metal" and thats where I would like to ask you if you could help me. First if you can recommend me any short movies from kenya, any genre and films with something to do with heavy metal (or near to this theme) from any country or even from kenya oder african continent.
Besides that, we also have an international competition at the festival. If you know filmmakers in Kenya feel free to ask them to reply at our festival.
If you have any films (less than 30 mins) released during the last two years, we'd be glad if you register for the competition on our website [http://kurzfilmtage.ch/default.aspx?ID1=26&ID2=43].
The International Short Film Festival Winterthur is Switzerland's largest and most important short film festival. The festival takes place each year in November. It is a popular audience event and an important platform for short films and professional exchange.
For detailed information visit our Webpage
Sunday, January 16, 2011
"Organized member bodies such as Wiyathi (now defunct)& Roffeke (Rock 'n' Roll Film Festival Kenya) were fundamental in initially marketing local rock bands in the country by hosting regular shows & helped to establish a vibrant rock community."
It's great to receive some recognition!
Read the whole entry about rock music in Kenya at:
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Monday, August 3, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Friday, December 19, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
71 EXT. SUN STADIUM - NIGHT 71
It's raining. The pre-show huddle breaks up, William a part
of them. Penny Lane adjusts Larry's look. She takes the scarf
from around his neck and ties it around his leg. He looks
instantly better. William watches in the darkness as Dick
takes the microphone. The best part of his day has arrived.
In his important voice:
Good evening Phoenix.
From Troy, Michigan. Please welcome,
Lights come up, as the band launches into "Fever Dog." Jeff
begins singing. Russell reaches to adjust the microphone for
a back-up vocal and is hit with something unexpected.
A sharp electrical shock.
It's just a slight pop in the loud din of music, but within a
moment something is clearly wrong. Russell holds onto the
microphone stand with a surprised look, conducting high-voltage
for two seconds and then he snaps his hand off the metal. His
face is white, he takes off his guitar and walks off-stage,
collapsing a couple steps later.
72 EXT. BACKSTAGE -- NIGHT 72
Dick is waving wildly for the band to board the bus, which has
been pulled up into the backstage area. He guides a sagging
Russell, assisted by Penny Lane, into the bus.
Get in, get in!!
William boards the bus, as the extremely agitated PROMOTER
arrives to confront Dick.
Are you the manager of this band?
That, and more. Get in!
You didn't even play a full set!
Dick whirls and unleashes an anger we've not yet seen, gesturing
with the silver briefcase that does not leave his hand.
Your shoddy stage set-up almost killed
You trashed the dressing room - you
didn't play your thirty-five minutes.
You didn't fulfill your contract -
Everybody in! Get in the bus!
I'll report you to every promoter in
the country! I'm gonna talk to Frank
YOU DON'T FUCK WITH MY BAND'S SAFETY!
I hope you have a good lawyer.
I AM A LAWYER!
He swings into the bus, as the bus revs.
LOCK THE GATE ON 'EM!
Monday, September 1, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Judges: Kenya's top rock fans
Prize: Absolutely nothing! (Well, except maybe gaining the respect of the very-hard-to-please Kenyan rock fans)
Still interested?:-) If so, read on...
The only requirement is that the short film/documentary/music video MUST have a rock 'n' roll theme. Otherwise, anything goes. ANYTHING!
Tentative deadline: August 30th but this is negotiable. However, the first film to be submitted will automatically win the festival director's award :-)
You can use ROFFEKE's motto as a theme guideline: "Friendship, fun, freedom"
To participate as a judge or as a contestant contact the festival director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 26, 2008
1)To showcase local and international rock ‘n’ roll films and music videos for the purposes of education and entertainment.
2)To organize workshops, forums and seminars related to various aspects of rock music and the film industry.
3)To provide a platform for emerging and established, local and international rock bands.
One of Black Rock Coalition's objectives is to offer:
Educational opportunities for people inside and outside of the organization in the form of lectures, workshops, seminars, research, library resources, audio-visual resources and public forums/discussions
ROFFEKE hopes to join forces with the Black Rock Coalition:-)http://www.blackrockcoalition.org
Monday, March 10, 2008
The Gothic Liberation Front (GLF) seeks to "Educate the public on the truth behind subcultures, and dispel any myths propagated by the news media and popular religion."
ROFFEKE hopes to join forces with GLF.
Friday, February 8, 2008
THE MOVIE (rated PG)
At Rock 'n' Roll Camp, girls ranging in age from eight to 18 are taught that it's OK to sweat like a pig, scream like a banshee, wail on their instruments with complete and utter abandon, and that "it is 100% okay to be exactly who you are." They are taught by indie rock chicks such as Carrie Brownstein from Sleater-Kinney various lessons of empowerment from self-defense to anger management. At the end of just one week, all the bands perform songs they've written with their new bandmates for over 700 people. "Girls Rock!" follows several campers: Laura, a Korean adoptee obsessed by death metal; Misty, who is emerging from a life of meth addiction and gang activity; Palace, whose heavy metal sneer belies her seven years, and Amelia, an eight-year-old who writes experimental rock songs about her dog Pipi. What happens to the girls as they are given a temporary reprieve from being sexualized, analyzed and pressured to conform is truly revolutionary.
"Girls Rock!" is truly a labor of love. Shane King and Arne Johnson are Portland kids who grew up and relocated to the Bay Area, where they found a home and support amongst the great documentary filmmaking community there. They've mortgaged houses and cashed out retirements to finish their first film, about a group of very courageous girls, while other folks have donated time and finances.
P.S. Fender® has donated some limited edition "Girls Rock! The Movie" customized electric guitars to be given away, so if yer innerested go see how to enter at http://www.girlsrockmovie.com/special/contest
(From the Filmmakers of "Girls Rock")
Friday, January 18, 2008
Date: 27th January, 2008.
Venue: The Cockpit, Langata Road (Opposite Langata Uchumi Hyper)
Time: 2pm to 8pm
Bands: Murfy's Flaw, Seismic, Edge of Reason, Bob Rambo, The Fumes, gods of mischief
Entry: Dry foods (e.g beans, rice, flour etc), medicine, blankets, clothes, etc.
Friday, January 4, 2008
Of my sacred duty
Black for the people
Green for the land
Red for the price of freedom
And white for peace in Kenya
My pride, my strength, my joy
Always peace in Kenya
In pride, in strength, in joy."
-"Kenya Only" by Eric Wainaina. After the August 1998 terrorist attacks in Kenya, the song was adopted as the official song of mourning. And now during this period of political unrest as a result of the December 2007 General Elections, "Kenya Only" is the cry of the majority of Kenyans, who just want peace in Kenya. God bless Kenya.
"O God of all creation /Ee Mungu nguvu yetu
Bless this our land and nation /Ilete baraka kwetu
Justice be our shield and defender /Haki iwe ngao na mlinzi
May we dwell in unity /Natukae na undugu
Peace and liberty /Amani na uhuru
Plenty be found within our borders." /Raha tupate na ustawi
-First verse of the Kenyan national anthem (English and Swahili version)
Saturday, December 15, 2007
December 11, 2006: I jet in back from
January, 2007: I meet with the audiovisual attaché at the French Embassy regarding a venue and films for the first ROFFEKE. A very kind man. He tells me of the Musique en Scene series which features artists like Les Nubians and a couple of French rock bands. He refers me to someone at the Alliance Francaise.
February 2007: I meet with a very helpful lady from the marketing department of the Kenyatta International Conference Centre. The KICC would be an awesome venue for ROFFEKE!
March 2007: I meet with most of the ROFFEKE founding members for the first time. A lovely (and lively!) group of people. Also, in this month, I learn of a certain rockumentary called Afro-Punk, which is about African American punks.
April 2007: David Hughens, the director of Elvis’ Grave gives ROFFEKE permission to screen his film on the night of Elvis’ 30th death anniversary.
May 2007: I go for a meeting about ROFFEKE at the Kenya Film Commission.
June 2007: Shiku, one of the founding members of ROFFEKE tells me about “Girls Rock”
July 2007: I write the script for the short film “Black Genes”. Another ROFFEKE founding member, Kagure Njagi, shoots and edits it.
August 2007: The first ever ROFFEKE is held at the Pavement club.
September 2007: I attend a scriptwriting workshop that takes place during the Kenya International Film Festival. The workshop was facilitated by Gaston Kabore, a filmmaker from Burkina Faso and the founder of a film school called “Imagine” (www.imagine.bf).
October 2007: I attend a scriptwriting course at the Godown Arts Centre. The course is facilitated by Charles Liburd. As part of the course, we watch Die Hard 4. There is one scene in the movie where they show a part of Flyleaf’s music video for “I’m so sick”
November 2007: I think I’m so sick of ROFFEKE. I wrestle with giving up.
December 2007: I am getting restless again. The airport is beckoning me again. A few days to the general elections. I will vote for the first time. I am disillusioned.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
-‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen.
“The video made by Queen in 1975 to accompany Bohemian Rhapsody is generally regarded as the first conscious use of music video to promote a pop single.” (Keith Negus, ‘Producing Pop’, pg 93).
‘After Freddie Mercury died [on November 24, 1991], ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was re-released, with all the profits designated for a British AIDS charity, the Terence Higgins Trust. The single which had made Queen rock legends was at number 1 just six days later. In death, as in life, Freddie Mercury proved that he was a hard act to follow.” (Alan Hall, ‘Secrets of the Stars’).
Freddie Mercury was born in Zanzibar (Kenya’s neighbour), in September 1946 to Persian parents who named him Farokh Bulsara. Freddie took the name Mercury because he thought that, like the liquid metal, he would “spill over the world like no-one before me.”
“As the disease grew steadily worse so Mercury devised new ploys to disguise its ravages. He wore thick make up to hide the blotches and lesions; he padded his clothes out to make his body appear to be more nourished than it really was.” (Alan Hall, “Secrets of the Stars”).
Freddie’s statement signed hours before his death in November 1991:
“I wish to confirm I have been tested HIV positive and have AIDS. I felt it correct to keep this information private to date in order to protect the privacy of those around me. However, the time has now come for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth. I hope everyone will join with me, my doctors and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease.”Who wants to live forever,
Who dares to love forever,
Who dare who dare,
Who wants to live forever,
When love must die
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
On the fourth floor of Norwich Union House (opposite the Hilton hotel) there is an internet cafe that has 74 computers. This is where I have decided to screen Afro-punk. (I wish I got this idea one year ago. Would have saved me a whole lot of stress, time and money!)
They charge 1 shilling per minute. Afro-punk is about 66 minutes so anyone who is interested in watching the documentary will be required to pay 60 bob for the use of a computer.
I plan to screen Afro-punk on the 21st of October (Sunday at 3pm, Norwich Union House (opposite Hilton hotel), fourth floor. You will be required to pay 60 bob for the use of a computer.
There are only 70 computers available.Anyone who wishes to come watch the documentary should send an email to email@example.com. Put "Afro-punk" as the subject. In the body of the email, write how many people you intend to bring along. If you're coming alone, write "none".
For more information about Afro-Punk check out www.afro-punk.com For more information about the venue check out www.browsekenya.com
Monday, October 8, 2007
9. Navarone is forced off stage. By the rain.
8. Navarone comes on stage. I won't try to describe how they played because no words can do them justice. You had to be there. All I can say is that Navarone renewed my faith in the Kenyan rock scene. Hearing and seeing them play reminded me why I put up with all the nonsense in this scene. By the way, NAVARONE'S DRUMMER FOR PRESIDENT!:- )
Read the rest of the review here. And here are photos of the gig
Monday, October 1, 2007
You're all invited (begged to come) to Murfy's fLaW gig on Saturday 6th October at The GoDown Arts Centre from 2pm to 6pm.
The format is pretty simple. There are two bands playing, Murfy's fLaW and M20, AND there's going to be an open mic session, so if anyone else is interested in playing a couple of songs, please feel free to sign up.
Entrance is FREE, so come, buy some drinks, sit in the sun and enjoy yourselves.
Monday, September 24, 2007
I met Samba Yonga at a 2004 scriptwriter's workshop held in Cape Town. It was such a joy to discover that not only did we share a passion for all things film, we also were passionate about rock 'n' roll in general and Alanis Morrissette in particular:-) Below is a synopsis of the short film that she (Samba not Alanis!) directed.
Duration: 28 minutes
Directors: Milumbe Haimbe and Samba Yonga (Eris Progeny Films)
Producer: Anna M. Phiri
In a restrictive society where a young woman’s pride lies in acquiring stability, a home a husband and children. Madison, a young aspiring musician struggles to find her identity when she resists taking up her expected role and takes her own path.
Madison’s cousin Leonisa is getting married, Leonisa was a person who shared Madison ’s dreams of becoming a musician a person who somehow along the way had left the dream that they shared with Madison for a more sensible lifestyle. Getting married. Madison still held on to the dream of becoming a rock musician and persevered she sent a demo to South Africa and she is called for a meeting with them her challenge is to raise money to get to the meeting which is scheduled on the same day as her cousins wedding. A wedding she expected to attend without fail.
Defying her traditional and family roles Madison works hard to achieve her goals against all odds. The story embarks on a journey that reveals how one person’s ambition alters ones perspective on what direction one should take in life. Set in modern day Africa , the story glides through the intricacies of the rich African tradition and how it retains and at the same time loses its authority in an ever-changing society.
The film explores how traditional norms confine a person and puts them in a prison that they themselves do not see and how breaking free from this freedom is looked at as disrespectful and unusual.
Born in 1979, Samba Yonga is a Zambian who has a Diploma in Journalism from the Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce in Lusaka, Zambia. After working at the nations largest paper for a year, she moved into TV and radio productions and has worked on a number of local radio and television programs. She attended a scriptwriter’s workshop funded by Deutsche Welle Television in Germany and facilitated by South African film maker Dermod Judge, where her idea for a documentary was selected as one of the best ideas and she was selected to attend the Sithengi Film Festival in November 2004. It is her first full directorial project. She recently worked as trainee assistant director on the set of Zambian director and filmmaker Catherine Kaseketi’s “SUWI” film project. She has also worked extensively on two film projects. ‘What makes a Zambian’ which is a documentary and also co-written a short film called ‘Kitchen Party’.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Am in a local rock band.It has suffered a bit of loss in manpower. We need new members asap. We have gigs coming up. We are looking for a good drummer,lead guitarist (plus of course, he must play rhythm also), and a keyboard guy. All these guys must be preferably working class, over 21 and have atleast 2 years playing experience. (we can make exceptions though - anyone can try. you'll never know!) A great voice is an added advantage.
Holla @ me for more info.
For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, September 10, 2007
I watched you bravely bear
I was on a break from University so I was watching one of my favourite cartoons, Johnny Bravo. Suddenly I was interrupted by a newsflash; smoke was billowing from a building. “Big deal,” I muttered. “Bring Bravo back!”
“The sting of foreign killer bees from the air”
After five minutes, I began to get really impatient. “What is taking them so long? They should be returning to the scheduled programming by now!” As I was sitting there, fuming, watching smoke billowing from a building, a plane appeared on the TV screen…and flew right into a second building! I sat up.
So you dropped down to your knees
Amid prayers, profanities and pleas
Reluctantly taking with you thousands
Hoping that in time we would understand
I couldn’t understand it. How could a human being plan such a horrendous attack on his fellow human beings?
(Here is the rest of the story.)
Monday, September 3, 2007
—Matt Dentler, South by Southwest Film Festival
Quote is from a roundtable discussion with three programmers of major U.S. film festivals.
Monday, August 27, 2007
“I did it! Now to edit.”
“It” is the short film (with a rock theme) that Kagure Njagi - yet another ROFFEKE founding member - asked me to help her write:
“Hey! I got Mostafa to be in my production, but I have no idea what the production is…HELP!”
So I helped. We met at the bomb blast park to discuss the way forward. We brainstormed about the concept and she finally came up with one that we both liked. And though I was swamped, I agreed to send her the script by evening the next day.
3.30pm the next day. I still hadn’t sat down to tackle the script. The truth was, I was afraid and was suffering from self doubt: “Who are you to write another script when you haven’t even finished typing and proof-reading the one you started four years ago?”
But at 4pm, I killed that nasty, accusing voice, prayed to my higher power and hoped for the best. Two hours later, I emerged with the script! Four days later, Kagure shot the film:
“I did it! Now to edit.”
And yesterday, Kagure sent me two promo pics for BLACK GENES.I am soooooo proud of her!:-)
Friday, August 17, 2007
I had to cut Bloodshed's wonderful performance short. We were running behind schedule and the management was insisting that I show the first movie, Elvis' Grave. And since it was supposed to be a rock FILM festival....Anyway.
The motto of the festival is Friendship, fun, freedom. I made friends. I suppose some people had fun. But I thought there was very little freedom. And it's difficult to be friendly and have fun without freedom. So now I'm going to concentrate on the freedom aspect of the festival. Freedom is...messy.Dictatorial. Undemocratic. Guerilla-ish. People. I will have my festival. And this time, things will go my way.
*putting on war paint*
No more miss nice guy:-)
Um, if anyone has anything good to say about yesterday, please let me know. Don't bother mentioning the negative aspects. They will be forever etched in my mind. They will be fodder for my guerilla warfare:-)
Sunday, August 12, 2007
So anyway, Sunday, 12th, the day of the premiere. I reach the venue, Kenya National Theatres and what is this I see? Only about two other people are wearing formal. AND I'M ONE OF THE TWO! ALMOST EVERYONE IS WEARING CASUAL!!! To make matters worse, I see Cajetan and he's wearing casual! Cajetan, ushindwe!:-)
Fast forward to about an hour later. I'm sitting in the darkened theatre watching Benta. My formal outfit (including my short skirt which is riding dangerously up my thighs) is forgotten. Everything is forgotten. Because this movie Benta is the best Kenyan movie I have watched so far!
So why am I mentioning a non-rock themed movie like Benta on a rock film blog? Yes, Benta doesn't have a rock theme but it touches on some of the same things that we Kenyan rock fans are struggling with. There is the class issue. Benta is a househelp working for an upper class family. Rock in Kenya is considered 'upper class' music. There is the problem of cliche's. Benta is hardworking, intelligent and perceptive. But her employers consider her to be just a stereotypical househelp. Kenyan rock fans are stereotyped as 'trying to be white'. Or being 'devil worshippers'. Which brings me to the other issue that Benta touches on. The hypocrisy of the church. It's Benta's church-going employers who treat her like a non-human being. It is the church that is most critical of ALL rock music, whether Christian or not.
Enough said. It doesn't matter whether you like rock or not. If you like good quality, entertaining movies that don't preach at you but still manage to put their point across about the social ills plaguing this great country of ours, Kenya, then Benta is the movie to watch.
18TH and 19TH AUGUST:
Saturday, August 11, 2007
1)At both gigs, the first songs played were by my favourite bands!Trackers gig, Murphy's Flaw played Otherside by RHCP. Ueta gig, Ueta played 'Meant to live' by Switchfoot! Woooooo! In between us helping Ueta sing the song, Mercy said to me that she was seeing the music video in her mind's eye. You know, the walls falling down etc. People. Bands. That's the power of a good music video. Not only are videos good for promoting your songs, they also ensure that you stay in Mercy's - I mean people's - mind long afterthe establishment has stopped playing your songs on the radio:-) (Or way before the establishment realises that they need to be playing your songs on the radio!)
2)LAST YEAR'S TRAGEDY!!!:- ))))))))
3) Girl power! Tracker's gig. Murphy's Flaw. Girl power! Ueta gig. UPSTREAM! Wooooooo! They did that beautiful song from "A walk toremember" Love that movie! Love that song! Love Upstream!:-) As Kagure (yet another ROFFEKE founding member) and I were helping Upstream sing the song, Kagure told me she hasn't watched the movie. Kagz, again, GO WATCH THE MOVIE! I highly recommend it:-)
1)Metanoia did a hip hop thingy.Wasn't bad actually. They reminded meof Outkast. And I think Outkast have the rock 'n' roll spirit, even if they don't do rock music. 'Hey ya' is pretty close to rock, I think. Very Beatle-esque, don't you think Daudi?;-) But I digress.Loved Metanoia's breakdancing lol!
2)There was CRUNK???! Yes you heard right. Crunk. At first I thought I had misheard the MC (who did a very good job MC-ing by the way) but Mercy assured me that yes, coming up next was Crunk. My spirits sunk.But then this dude does his crunk thing and it is sooo full of energy that it's almost...rock! Almost. But not quite:-) I was glad when wewent back to rock but I must admit that Jesse ALMOST made me like Crunk. Almost. But not quite:-)
3)Then it was time for Moses and Ueta. Or was it Moses and Metanoia? It doesn't really matter cause all I could see was Moses. He has GREAT stage presence and has a lot of fun on stage. Well done Moses.There was a lot of other great stuff. The girl with the AMAZING voice who sang that Evanescence song. The group that rapped, can't remembertheir name. etc etc. We left early, at around 6.30pm so maybe someonewho stayed longer can tell us what happened next?
Tahi (THANK YOU!!!) filmed the gig so those who weren't there, you can watch it on DVD. We will try and screen it at the festival, if things go my way, which for the past few days have not been going my way.Anyway. Thanks Ueta. Thanks Nairobi Baptist. I had a lovely time! I almost didn't come cause, well, I was in a mood.:-)But I'm glad I did!
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Venue: Pavement (was also the venue for the launch of Kenyan chapter of Future Shorts)
Day: 16th August 2007 (the 30th death - oh excuse me - "disappearance" anniversary of the King of rock 'n' roll, Elvis Presley.)
Time: From 7pm
Entry fee: Ksh 300
Hope to see you there!
Special thanks to Elijah Kahara and the Kenya Film Commission.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Mildred Achoch talks with David Hughens about film, music and schizophrenia!
What exactly is your musical background?
I pursued a musical career for about 13 years as a singer/songwriter and guitar player. You can check out the last band I was putting together at what's left of the website: http://www.pureethyl.com/
I checked out your online portfolio. Love the "Kiss meets Cash" poster for Pure Ethyl!
Thanks for the compliment. I was living in Nashville when Johnny died a few years ago and I
had always wanted to try and meet him. I think he would've gotten a big kick out of that picture.
So what's the status of Pure Ethyl? Does the band still exist?
Pure Ethyl died when I left Nashville 3 years ago. After 13 years of pursuing music, I finally got tired of ramming my head against the bloody brick wall.
Have you directed any music videos?
When you watch Elvis' Grave, you will see that there are several "music videos" within the film, so I guess I have directed music videos.
Do you think it's easier/better to start out as a feature/shorts film director then go on to directing music videos or vice versa?
I think shooting shorts or music videos is the way to start. They cost less money and take less time and they tend to be more experimental (forgiving in their adherence to a strict set of rules), unlike a feature length narrative. Plus, it is easier to find a band that wants a video and is willing to pay for some of the cost while giving you a chance to play around with your style. My big thing is I believe you should always tell a story, so the idea or script is king. It must be absolutely rock solid. The script is the most important part. It is like the foundation of a house or the drummer in a rock band -- without which, you don't have diddle. There are so many films that are style over substance and I don't really care for them. Give me a good story every time. So, make sure you tell your audience a story every time you shoot, whether it is a music video or a feature.
Part of your bio reads: “David was only the second person to make a homegrown feature film in Alabama, and at the age of 22, the youngest to do so.” Has this situation changed in your hometown?
The number of filmmakers in Birmingham has grown in leaps and bounds since I shot my film in 1989. And I believe it is directly related to the Sidewalk Film Festival --
http://www.sidewalkfest.com/. I wish it had been around back when I was starting out. The guy running the festival called Elvis' Grave the Grandfather of independent films in Birmingham. High praise for little ol' me.
How would you describe yourself?
I often tell people I'm schizophrenic -- I'm not really, but I do have many sides to my personality. That way, "we" are never alone -- always someone to talk to! I feel like it is really good for "creative" types to be this way, because it gives you a lot to draw from. If you have many different interests, you are more likely to experience many different things.