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Watch the Adorable Trailer for The Gambia's First Animated Series

Fye Network introduces the characters Princess Halima, Bakary on Safari and Samba and Batch for The Gambia's first ever animated series for children.

On the heels of Africa Day celebrations, The Gambia has just seen the launch of its first ever animation series for children through Fye Network. Based on the characters in the network's popular books, the animation series aims to educate children about their history, culture, traditions and people.


Starring the characters Princess Halima, Bakary on Safari and Samba and Batch, Fye Network's animated series promises to be super-informative while using vibrant two-dimensional graphics to engage its predominantly young audience.

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YaAdam Fye, who is part of the family-owned and women-led network, says about the animated series, "We dreamt it up more than 13 years ago, and have finally brought it to life." She also adds that, "The idea came from our own frustration in the lack of diversity in children's media: the depiction of African characters as only animals and no princess to call our own. It made it hard for the children born into our family, far from our birthplace to connect with the beauty and magic of Africa."

In recent times, we've seen an explosion of animations and graphics that seek to tell original and exciting African stories that are not centred on the West's perception of Africa. From Ethiopia's first female superhero comic Hawi to Nigeria's animated series Malika, Warrior Queen, we're certainly here to amplify the important work going into reclaiming our own narratives.

Watch the trailer to Fye Network's animated series below:

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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