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
Kazakh village in Zhailau, during Nauryz (Spring holiday)
People in a high altitude summer pasture in Zhailau (Jailou), located in the Ile-Alatau State National Natural Park, Kazakhstan, during Nauryz (the traditional Spring holiday). Showing a woman (left) wearing traditional clothing, cooking Nauryz kozhe (a national special dish) in a cauldron over a fire, Kazakh hanging swings (Altybakan), Yurts (tents), and women and men playing dombra (Kazakh national stringed instrument), taking part in the Aitys (Aytysh) song competition.
© AEO Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools / Mary Evans
Jean Rameau - Master hurdy-gurdy player
Jean Rameau (1852-1931) - Master hurdy-gurdy player, multi-instrumentist and songwriter from central France (Berry). The hurdy-gurdy is a stringed instrument that produces sound by a hand crank-turned, rosined wheel rubbing against the strings. The wheel functions much like a violin bow, and single notes played on the instrument sound similar to those of a violin. Date: 1904