In 2006, Eric wrote the musical score for a documentary based on the New York Times’ best-selling children’s book, ‘Owen & Mzee’, which is based on the true story of an unusual friendship between a young hippo, Owen, who was swept away from his family during the 2003 Tsunami and marooned along the Kenyan Coast, and a centenarian tortoise, Mzee, who lives at Bamburi’s Haller Park. The book was written by Craig Hatkoff, his 5 year-old daughter Isabella, and Dr. Paula Kahumbu. Eric attended and performed at the premiere of ‘Owen & Mzee’ at the renowned Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April 2006.

He later wrote an award winning score for Kenyan film maker Wanuri Kahiu’s film, “From A Whisper”  and further collaborated with her on the soundtrack of her film on Nobel laureate Prof. Wangari Maathai.

 

 

In 2009, Eric was commissioned to write the music for a ground-breaking children’s animated television series, produced by UK television production power house: Tiger Aspect.  The show, titled Tinga Tinga Tales,was  funded in part by the BBC and Disney and is currently on screens throughout Europe and the US as well as being a regular feature on local Kenyan television.