Gerald Olewe, Gado, Youssou N'Dour, Lilian Geturo and James Kanja
Kenya's veteran newspaper cartoonist Gado and the brains behind TV show XYZ, blogs about his recent visit to Dakar where he meet with musical great Youssou N'Dour.
Gado writes, "As you know, XYZ is a show about Kenya, produced by Kenyans, for Kenyans. And yet, it manages to get attention from people all over the world. And we are always very happy when our 100% Kenyan show crosses the borders!"
Apparently the award winning singer saw the XYZ show and extended and invite for four of the production team members behind the satirical show.
On the XYZ blog, Gado says, "The purpose of the visit was for our team (XYZ production manager Lilian Geturo, director James Kanja, head puppet maker Gerald Olewe and myself) to conduct a 2-day workshop for TFM TV, a Senegalese television station owned by Youssou N’Dour. Yes, TFM TV is planning to produce an XYZ cousin there!
"Youssou, who also owns a newspaper and radio station in Dakar, is a fan of XYZ and has been following the show’s progress. We had been in touch for a while, looking for ways to collaborate.
"The next step will be for members of TFM TV to come visit our Nairobi studios and be trained by our puppet-making team here. Youssou believes that this kind of pan-African collaboration is the way forward for media projects in Africa, and I certainly hope that this is the beginning of a long and beneficial relation between our two teams and our two countries."