Senegal - Griot playing a Kora
Senegal - seated Griot playing a Kora, a 21-stringed harp lute that originated in the Gambia River valley with the Mandinko but is one of the most popular instruments in Senegal. Griots from most Mande groups in Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau play the kora, which has featured on a number of western recordings in recent years. A Griot is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician. The griot is a repository of oral tradition, and is also often seen as something of a societal leader due to his traditional position as an adviser to royal personages. Date: circa 1910s
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
Music cover with Scottish harpist
An unidentified music cover depicting a female Scottish harpist wearing a tartan shawl and medieval costume. The emblem at the top contains the Latin words, Nemo Me Impune Lacessit, which is the motto of the Order of the Thistle (depicted at the bottom of the design), meaning 'No-one attacks me with impunity'.
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Cartoon, Monsieur Jacobi and Alexander Henderson
Cartoon, Monsieur Jacobi, theatre director (in the background) -- I had engaged to give those people a taste of The Beggar Student, and now there is Alexander Henderson on the same job! A comment on a production of Der Bettelstudent, a three-act German operetta which premiered in Vienna in 1882. The production at the Alhambra Theatre, London, in 1884, included a grand military ballet by Jacobi. Henderson, theatre owner and director, stands in costume in the foreground, playing a mandolin.
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