ROFFEKE logo by Jozie of Kenyan band 'Murfy's Flaw'

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Westgate: We are one

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Inoath: Kenyan Metal Band and Upcoming Album

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

BFMA 2013: Broadcast Film and Music Africa 2013

"The Broadcast, Film and Music Africa (BFMA) conference is a popular creative content and electronic broadcasting event that promotes knowledge sharing and networking among high-level electronic media professionals. BFMA 2013 is scheduled to take place in Nairobi at the Kenyatta International Conference Center over 26-27 June. This year’s theme is Building a world class electronic media industry in Africa"

I am really looking forward to attending Session 2 on day 1 of this awesome conference! And if time permits, I may also attend Session 17 titled "Music Distribution"

Audiovisual content creation in Africa: Challenges and opportunities
As an industry we are still pushing the image of ‘the thin black starving child’, yet Africa has made great strides in recent decades. How then can African media step up and take its place in shaping or creating a new perception by also showing positive stories of Africa? how do we cover positive stories without necessarily hiding the dark truth? Is there a need for more African content on the global platform? is
there an African voice that tells African stories or is the international media in control of who and how Africa's perception is shaped? what role can social media play and is it a working reality? Next steps.
Terryanne Chebet, Business News Anchor, K24TV, Kenya
Rachael Diang'a, Department of Theatre Arts & Film Technology, Kenyatta University
Pascaline Wangui, Director, Intrinsic Concepts, Kenya
Olivier Zegna Rata, President,,, France
Toni Mumbi Kamau, On Screen Productions, Kenya
Q’damah Walter Lagat, Director/Producer, Qdamah Kip Films, Kenya
Ogova Ondego, Managing Trustee & Creative Director, Lola Kenya Screen

Gustav Erickson, CEO, Mdundo, Kenya

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Of rock 'n' roll and bullying

Deidra Ramsey Mcintyre of Red Ibis Hosting posted this link on my Facebook timeline. It's a good way to continue the theme of bullying, first mentioned in the previous post titled "Interview with filmmaker Kristoffer Gimle Ruud: Part 1"

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Interview with filmmaker Kristoffer Gimle Ruud: Part 1

It’s 8 A.M.
This hell I’m in
Seems I’ve crossed the line again
For being nothing more than who I am

These are the opening lines to Shinehead’s song called “Bully”. Bullying is the theme of a brilliantly made short film titled “Second Chance” but Shinehead’s “Second Chance” not “Bully” was the song used for the short film. 

I had the great honor of interviewing one of the brains behind the short amateur film, filmmaker Kristoffer Gimle Ruud. He emphasizes that he has no copyright to the music, and that it is made as a fan based alternative video as a student project for a friend.

Favourite movies, bands, music videos?
Among my favourite movies are: The Boondock Saints (number one and two), Hot Fuzz and The Dark Knight Trilogy (Batman).
Among my favourite bands are: Mumford & Sons, Benh Zeitlin, Infected Mushroom, Shinedown, Martin O'Donnel and Dope DOD.
Among my favourite music videos are: Little Lion Man by Mumford & Sons, Revolver by Philter and Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.

What equipment did you use?
For shooting the video I used Canon EOS 600D, a reflector, a small LED-light source, a Canon 50 mm lens and a Sigma 10-20 mm lens. And I edited the video using Final Cut Pro 7.

How long did the whole process take, that is, from concept to editing?
The script writer used about an hour on creating the manuscript, the shooting took about 5 hours and editing about 5 hours. The editing was spread over several days though, because of a tight schedule.

The budget?
Because we only used equipment that was available for us for free and actors, scriptwriter and cinematograph/editor who where willing to work for free, the budget equals zero.

 If you had a budget of 1 million dollars, what would you have added/done differently?
Well, firstly I'd rent some better equipment and tools for the production to enhance the general quality. I'd get some professional actors, and rewrite the manuscript with a professional writer. Then I would also have rented in a professional cinematographer. Instead of having just one day of shooting, I would set up a run over several days of recording and travel to more specific locations with a budget for catering etc. I would still do the editing myself, but prioritize more time since I would actually get “paid” enough to compensate for the time spent. Last but not least I would rent in a VFX expert to enhance the effects showing throughout the video. I think I also would have rented a production leader to keep track on budget, time and give this production a suitable flow.

List of locations and why those particular locations?
- School
Because it is at typical place for children or youngsters to experience bullying and for them to express themselves.
- Their homes
Because children's homes are often the source of their behavior at school etc.
- Suburban environment

Because kids usually have to walk between this kind of environment to get from their home to the school and vice versa.

(In the second part of this interview, Kristoffer talks about his experiences with bullying, his current projects and gives some great advice to aspiring filmmakers)

Check out the awesome short film here:

Monday, December 24, 2012

Parking Lot Grass Gig, Giggling Metal Rockers and Will Rauser Interview Part 2

Yesterday I attended the Parking Lot Grass gig at Choices. It started late. VERY  late. So I only stayed for forty five minutes of the show. However, I was quite impressed with what I saw and heard from this very talented band that is synonymous with “Swahili Rock”.  (I will post a detailed review of the gig before the new year). As is not uncommon in our beloved Kenya, there was a power black out while the amazing lead singer of Parking Lot Grass was in the middle of a particularly spirited version of a popular rock song. That incident reminded me that I was yet to post the second part of the Will Rauser interview where he talks about the best and worst gigs he’s been involved with. Here then is the second part of the interview. 

And regarding the tardiness of Parking Lot Grass, I will just quote what Will Rauser said in the first part of the interview: “Another deal breaker is lack of professionalism: You can be an amateur band and still act like professionals. Be polite to whoever brings your band in, treat other bands with respect (even if they don't deserve it), be ON TIME (that is a huge one)…”

Mildred: So what's the best thing about being in a band? And the worst? Which was your best and worst gig?

Will: Wow...let's see (I feel like I am being

Mildred: Ahem. You actually are. Sorry, it's the writer in me lol! *switching off the writer in me*

Will: Oh I love being interviewed...I could talk your ear

Mildred: And I must say you are very easy to interview.

Will: The best thing about being in a band? The camaraderie, and, of course, the music. There's nothing like jamming together and sounding powerful and knowing that an audience digs your music. The worst thing about being in a band? I really can't think of a bad thing. I guess any drama that happens would be...but drama happens in all aspects of life, so I really don't count that.

Mildred: Yeah, I love music and I know I could do it as a solo artist but there is just something special about being in a band. What you said, the camaraderie. One of the MANY reasons I love U2 is that it is so obvious that they enjoy performing together. Your worst gig?

Will: The worst gig? You know, I think the worst gig we ever played was when we were a 3 piece band and we played on Fort Bragg at the fair, and it was 96 that day, and my amp blew a fuse right in the middle of the set. I had to get Bob and Jay to stretch while I trouble shooted the amp...and I had to plug my little guitar processor into the PA just to finish the show. The sound stunk, but I finished the gig!

Mildred: lol! At least you finished the gig. Your best one?

Will: Our best gig? I would have to say that we played a little converted mechanic's garage in a little coastal town here in North Carolina (Beulaville, I think) and Bobby (drums) and I visited the site 2 weeks before the show and it really looked horrible. In two weeks, that little youth group cleaned and fixed that place up, and it was awesome! And they were the BEST audience we ever played for. That room is on our video. You know, there was one OTHER BEST gig we had: We ended up playing a local bar (which we rarely do) and THEY treated us better than many of the Christian events we have played. I got great sound from the sound guy (he knew his stuff) and after we were done, the owner of the bar came up to me. I went to shake his hand (he was a HUGE biker guy) and he gave me a big old hug and said we were welcome there any time.

Mildred: (thinking: Awwwwww!) Speaking of youth groups and bars, is your band a "Christian band" or a band that plays Christian music? As a musician do you struggle with playing "secular" music?

Will: That's a difficult question, of which I have a lengthy answer None of us have a personal problem with playing secular music as a profession, or listening (within reason...there's just some stuff that ought to be avoided); BUT, we are a Christian band...meaning that our sole purpose for existence is to herald Jesus Christ to the world...we write our own material, and it is meant to be used for His kingdom and glory.

And with that, I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! Look out for the final part of the interview before the end of 2012. Meanwhile, enjoy this outtakes video. There’s nothing as funny as metal rockers having an attack of the giggles!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Will Rauser Interview: Part 1

Yesterday I had the awesome privilege of interviewing Will Rauser, a guitarist who has been playing for thirty years but still considers himself an amateur! He has a lot of great advice for amateur guitarists (and going by Will’s standards, if you’ve been playing for less than thirty years, then consider yourself still an amateur!) and also for baby bands. Check out the first part of the interview:

On playing guitar and guitar heroes:

Mildred Achoch: How's your music coming along?

Will Rauser: I am playing...just not as much personal practice on guitar. Playing bass for a friend's church on Sunday morning, then guitar in my own on Sunday night. My band is taking a holiday break

Mildred: How long have you been playing guitar?

Will: 30 years

Mildred: Wow! Do you ever get bored with it? Or is it a constant learning experience? 

Will:Well, let's see: Do I ever get bored? Yes, sometimes...but when I do, I will either put it down for a short time (never too long), or I force myself to work on something that I just can't do (like a classical technique or a country lick) Yes, it is a constant learning experience.

Mildred: Who are your guitar heroes?

Will: My heroes are mostly rock guys: Edward Van Halen is my #1 guy; followed by Neal Schon, Jake E. Lee, George Lynch, Micheal Schenker, Gary Moore But I also like Phil Keaggy (I have seen him 3 times, met him once)

Mildred: Ever heard of Steve Vai? I don't know much about guitars but I think he's pretty awesome!

Will: Have I ever heard of Steve Vai? LOL...of course...I love his work He IS a genius!

Mildred: he he he. Yeah I knew the chances of you knowing Vai were like 100 percent

Advice for amateur guitarists and baby bands

Mildred: What advice would you give to a baby band in general and to an amateur guitarists in a baby band in particular?

Will: Well, that is two separate things, but they aren't mutually exclusive, but let's see if I can give you something…For the amateur guitarist (of which I am still one,, I would say that you practice what you don't know. In other words, if you can already play something well, don't keep regurgitating it...that's not practice, that's playing. Always work on things you are not good at.
I would also say to practice new skills slowly...worry about speed later...slow and steady win the race. It's much better to be accurate than fast

Think melodically...playing melodies with feel makes you sound faster than you actually are.
And I would say that you should learn chord/scale musical knowledge has always made up for a lacking in technique.

Mildred: Eeek! Does that mean learning to read music?!

Will: I don't read music real well...I can decipher notes on a page, but I cannot read just looking at the manuscript paper. However, I CAN read key signatures, and I do understand how to apply scales to chords, and I can solo in just about any key.

Mildred: Wow. Did you consciously seek to learn this or was it a necessity as you continued to improve your playing skills?

Will: I sought to know my instrument as well as I could, because I figured since I didn't have the physical talent, I could make up for in study and worked. As far as [advice for] a baby band, my advise is play, play, play...gig as much as you are able. Even free gigs...just play. Yes, you WILL have bad gigs...those lead to experiences that you will one day cherish. Don't play bad gigs IF you KNOW they're going to be bad gigs...but I mean, there will always be gigs with bad weather, sound issues, broken promises, and sick band them anyway.

Mildred: Any advice regarding band cohesion/band drama? But how can you tell a gig is going to be bad? Are there any signs?

Will: Well, this is just my opinion, and how our band works is not everyone's cup of tea...but my advise is to find players that you gel with rather than those who have immense talent but are buttholes. Personally, we don't put up with drama...everyone should share the vision or else they can get their own band. Certain personality traits and conditions are okay to deal with (like, say, someone being less humorous than others) and should be respected...but some things are just not an option to deal with.

Mildred: In your opinion what are the deal breakers?

Will: The deal breakers? That can vary, but allowing someone's girlfriend or boyfriend (or spouse) to interfere with the band business. The band members are IN the band, their spouses are not.

Mildred: Ah. The Yoko Ono syndrome. lol! Are there any other deal breakers?

Will: Another deal breaker would be to not learn their parts of the music...if they keep coming in and they have not learned their parts, you are wasting valuable time trying to make up for their lack of discipline. Another deal breaker is lack of professionalism: You can be an amateur band and still act like professionals. Be polite to whoever brings your band in, treat other bands with respect (even if they don't deserve it), be ON TIME (that is a huge one), and never act like you're superior (even if you are)

I would also recommend that "democracy" doesn't always work in a band situation...yes, there is a certain amount of that, but everyone cannot have an equal say...sometimes a leader has to make a call, and others need to submit to that...argue about it later (well, not argue, but discuss)

Mildred: Should each member buy their own instrument or should the band collectively chip in to buy the instruments?

Will: I personally believe each member should have their own personal equipment (like guitars and amps)...HOWEVER, sometimes it is necessary to help a member out when things are tight. But, things like the guitarist having his own guitar is pretty obvious. Our singer uses a wireless microphone...and he always forgets to buy batteries (lol)...we remind's a small thing, but sometimes we have to say, "Hey, man...I buy my own strings and replace them...I have my own picks...I buy my own cords...all you need is batteries..." lol
Look out for part two of this interview where Will Rauser will be talking about the best and worst gigs! Meanwhile, watch this !!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Erykah Badu Coming to Kenya!

Yes, I know that Erykah Badu is not exactly a rock 'n' roll star but as I mentioned one time in the Kenya Rock Fans Facebook page, Erykah Badu and her one time love interest Andre 3000 (who will be starring in the new Jimi Hendrix movie) may not be rock stars but they definitely have the rock 'n' roll spirit! You can see this in Outkast's/Andre 3000's "Hey Ya" and also in one of Erykah Badu's music videos that I watched during the 'Sounds from 2000-2009' session at the December 1st Eye See Sounds Film Festival organized by The Nest. One particular scene from that cleverly done Erykah Badu video greatly resembles the 'Hey ya' concept, although the green color is replaced by pink. I must say this is my favourite part of the video (at around 2:40).

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

ROFFEKE Music Video Quiz: 1

Answer: B - The Editing. This music video won the "Best Editing" MTV Award in 1996. Check out the ROFFEKE Facebook page for the question to this answer :-)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Kenyan Band "Mortal Soul" Featured on Afro Punk!

Check it out here!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Saturday, June 2, 2012


"Some particular examples of sounds that would be useful but are NOT limited to are: Massive Attack, U2, Peter Gabriel (Passion), Dead Can Dance, AffroCelt Sound System ....and many more."
Get more information here

Monday, May 28, 2012

Kenyan rock star is also a movie star!

Stephen Gitau (aka Smallz), formerly of Kenyan metal/punk band Narcissistic Tendencies with Delusions of Grandeur and current bassist for Kenyan death metal/hardcore band In Oath happens to be a movie star too! In 2007, he played the part of a DJ in the award-winning short film The Knife Grinder's Tale which was based on the award-winning short story by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor. According to, this short film “Tells the tragic story of a father's journey to understand why his son was pointlessly murdered in the slums of Nairobi.” Check out the trailer here.

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.

Well here’s what made the cut. Check out the Murfy’s Flaw video for “Hello Light”

About Murfy's Flaw Link

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Music video production, religion and butt kissing!

Mildred Achoch talks to Martyr’s Truth Records founder Brad Partin about music video production, religion and butt kissing!

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

Link to the music video:

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Monday, November 7, 2011

Quick Skull Drawing :-)

The name of the band that did the song used in this video is "Alter Bridge"

Saturday, October 22, 2011

"Traffic" by Bloodshed

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Homeboyz Animation School

Founded: 2011
Location: Ambar House, 2nd Floor, Next to Click Club (formerly K2), Baricho Rd, Nairobi, Kenya, 00202

A new training center in the heart of Nairobi paving the way to a new age of media production in Kenya and the Eastern African Region.

A state of the art Animation studio offering an intense six month training course designed to offer the student a reliable skill set that includes the latest advances in digital imaging techniques and technology, basic animation skills for character animation and motion graphics and an introduction into the dynamics of the fast growing media industry in Kenya and the world. At the end of this course the student will have acquired skills and learning material that will, in addition to their own personal effort, elevate them to the forefront of media production career opportunities and help build this new exiting industry in Kenya. The course will be a free space that will introduce the student to methods of interaction and learning from valuable personalities and resource all over the world through the internet.

This course is structured around the fast growing phenomenon of online self-improvement that has produced some of the worlds greatest achievements in recent times. We are living in an age when information has become free and easily accessible to anyone anywhere in the world. The days when the only way of acquiring advanced skills and information was by attending expensive colleges and universities sparsely spread around the world are behind us. In additional to the training offered at the Homeboyz animation studio, students will be inducted with online self teaching skills and resource portals that will allow them to update and advance their skills continuously, remaining marketable and becoming growing assets to their clients and employers.

For more details:
Phone: 020 2692394

Sunday, February 27, 2011


John Canciani, from the International Short Film Festival Witnerthur ( contacted me with this information:

“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 [].

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

ROFFEKE gets a mention in Wikipedia!

I recently heard about the Rock Society of Kenya so I decided to google to find out more about it. This is when I came across a Wikipeida entry about the Music of Kenya and RSK was mentioned under Rock. I was also pleasantly surprised when I read:

"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:

Happy New Year!

Yes, a happy 2011 to everyone! This is the year that ROFFEKE resurrects from a long and fitful slumber. Watch this space for news and updates.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

My Caddy Won't Let Me

I think it would be awesome if this project saw the light of day! So go on, do what you can to help. Me, I'm doing my bit by spreading the word about it :-)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Legends of Doo wop! :-)

I love this!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Rock Bands, Guitar Heroes And Management Theory

Check out this SlideShare Presentation: (After all, a slide show is kinda like a silent movie, right? :-)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Almost Famous

This is an excerpt from the script of "Almost Famous", one of my favourite rock films!


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.


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
our guitarist!

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


I hope you have a good lawyer.


He swings into the bus, as the bus revs.


Monday, September 1, 2008

ROFFEKE Movie Trailer Festival!

Elvis' Grave directed by Dave Hughens
Girls Rock!
Altered by Elvis
Afro-Punk directed by James Spooner

Friday, August 1, 2008


It's official! ROFFEKE is partnering with (a registered company).

Friday, June 27, 2008

ROFFEKE Short film competition!

Contestants: Kenya's top filmmakers
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

Saturday, April 26, 2008

ROFFEKE and The Black Rock Coalition?

The main objectives of ROFFEKE are:

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:-)

Monday, March 10, 2008


ROFFEKE's mission is "to promote rock music in Kenya by dispelling rock 'n' roll myths and misconceptions via the media of film."

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.

Spread the news. Tell all your friends in our March 7 cities—Seattle, San Francisco, Berkeley, Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland and New York—to go see "Girls Rock!" March 7-9.

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

(From the Filmmakers of "Girls Rock")

Friday, January 18, 2008

Rock for Charity

A rock show to help the victims of the recent post-election violence in Kenya.
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

Kenya Only

"Let my flag remind me
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

Year in Review

December 11, 2006: I jet in back from South Africa, just in time for Jamhuri Day (December 12). It’s soooo good to be back in Kenya. The future seems full of possibilities! 8 months to the first ever Kenyan rock film fesival.

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” (

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

Remembering Freddie Mercury (and World Aids Day)

Mama, ooh, I don't want to die

-‘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

Wiyathi Halloween Gig!

Date: Saturday, 3rd November
Time: 1pm
Place: Trackers (opposite Yaya Centre)
Bands:1. Last Years Tragedy
2. Navarone.
3. Ueta
4. Bloodshed.
5. Seismic
7. Murphy's Flaw

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Cancellation: Afro-punk screening

Due to some technical difficulties, the Afro-punk screening is cancelled until further notice.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Afro-Punk screening

Problem: lack of venue and projector/screen Solution: Have the film fest in an internet cafe!

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 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 For more information about the venue check out

Monday, October 8, 2007

Review: Murfy's flaw gig (from back to front:-)

10. We all huddle together. Waiting for the sun to come out again.:-(
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

Murfy's fLaW October 6th Gig

Jozie posted this on Kenya Rocks:

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

Kitchen Party

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
Language: English

Country: Zambia

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.


Directors Biography

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

The most common reason why Kenyan rock bands break up

In the West, rock bands break up because of creative differences or death of a band member. In Kenya, the most common reason why bands break up is that a band member is leaving the country to go to the West for further studies! Yet another Kenyan band has succumbed to this phenomenon and is looking for new band members. This was posted on Kenya Rocks:


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:

Monday, September 10, 2007

Remembering 9/11

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

Quote of the week:-)

"To be involved with a festival and be a programmer, you have to love film…. I mean love it like a girlfriend/boyfriend/husband/wife. You have to love it, warts and all."
—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

Black Genes!

“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

Guerilla Film Festival! (The gothic side of ROFFEKE):-)

Yesterday, I was stuck in between two worlds, film and rock. Which is understandable since it was supposed to be a rock film festival. Turned out to be more of a rock BAND festival.Anyway.

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


Ok, so Cajetan Boy invites me to the premiere of Benta, a Kenya film for which he had written the screenplay. And the invitation was very clear that the dress code was "strictly black tie". Woe. Weeping. Gnashing of teeth. The last time I wore formal was on my Graduation Day. About five years ago.I didn't have 'formal shoes' so on Friday I went shoe shopping. A very traumatizing experience! It was so traumatizing that I bought myself three novels just to make myself feel better:-)

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:
10:00 AM 3:00 PM 6:00 PM

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Similarities and differences between April 22 Trackers gig and August 11 Ueta gig:-)

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

Veni, Vidi, VENUE!!!

Finally! ROFFEKE has a venue! Joy! Jubilation!

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.