SOMETHING NECESSARY: Engrossing from start to finish

Something Necessary is a drama set around the politically instigated violence that erupted after the 2007 election results were announced. Anne is battling the aftermath of the life shattering events, including caring for her comatose son. She puts everything into her burned down farm, so her son can come to a fully restored home. Joseph is an awkward teenager who leaves a gang out of remorse for what he did, setting them on an epic collision course. Joseph and Anne’s paths cross on the bumpy road to moving on.

The film opens flashing back to the post-election violence, close-ups on tightly held machetes and then revealing large groups of young men, running, seemingly unstoppable, destroying anything and anyone in their path. The narrative really begins when Anne wakes up at the hospital, and wheels herself to her comatose son’s bed, setting the meditative pace of the film. From sisters bickering in Kikuyu, lovers whispering in Kalenjin, to Mother and son switching effortlessly from English to Kiswahili in a single exchange, it’s a wonderful treat to hear so many languages in one film.

 Characterization in the film is quite uniquely fluid. They each glide between protagonist and antagonist, in keeping with the messy, unpredictable way that real life is. It’s a great way to deal with telling a story based on true events. The story structure is quite disciplined, linear, with flashbacks used sparingly and effectively, a firm foundation for the film to play out.

 Susan Wanjiru (Anne) and Walter Lagat (Joseph)’s performances are haunting. Their progression from traumatized and hollow to fully functioning, loving people is an incredible journey to behold.

 The film is shot widescreen using mostly a shallow lens, creating stillness in the beautiful country farm that belies the horrific acts that took place there. The framing succeeds in creating space evoking distance and loneliness, or closing in on the intimate brutality of violent acts. To the Director and Editor’s credit, there was no ounce of fat. Every piece of footage that ended up on screen was a piece of the puzzle. I was engrossed from start to finish.

Music Break: Our weekend jam by Blitz featuring Nneka.


Love on the Run is @BlitzAmbassador’s last single from his upcoming album Afropolitan Dreams until it drops on April 28th. The album has an array of notable collaborations with a number of artists including Angelique Kidjo ; “Love on the Run” with Nneka is the big one. The two demonstrate an obvious camaraderie and work seamlessly as a unit on this tune. Enjoy.

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Buni TV is turning 2 today, happy birthday!


Exactly 2 years ago, on April 18 2012, Buni TV was launched.

What a difference 2 years make! By now people have more or less stopped asking if Africans would really watch videos on the small screen of their phones (hmm first of all these screens are not that small anymore, and in any case yes, they do), or if they would even spend their limited cash on data to watch videos (yes again, 55% of our audience comes from Africa).

The challenge for those of us who were the early ones – the pioneers of this completely new, emerging African VOD space – is to stay the course without exhausting ourselves, and keep learning in the process.

So two years in, so far so good. There has been some tough times, like being unceremoniously kicked off Paypal for life (a misunderstanding, they said, now all sorted out), and some exciting times, like the launch of our subscription service Buni+ last month (FINALLY).

With Buni TV now recognized as the leading VOD service for high quality African content, we are all set for growth.

So Happy Birthday Buni TV, looking forward to seeing you grow up!

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"The Untold Renaissance": Ikire Jones Spring/Summer 2014 Lookbook.

It’s all dapper hommes, suave strides and bold prints and patterns in Nigerian designer Wale Oyejide’s Spring/Summer 2014 lookbook for his brand Ikire Jones.

“This collection pays homage to 18th century textiles and tapestries while exploring the absence of persons of color in Medieval and Renaissance-era European art.  Borrowing from the sampling method employed in hip hop culture, each reinvented piece tells an original narrative from the perspective of Africans who have been placed in an alien context.  Through this reverse lens to the past, the present circumstances of individuals who feel displaced and alienated may also be considered.”

Now this is a movie we’d watch, the #DapperHommes would make for great crime-solvers in a period film, don’t you think?