#tbt to a week back, where I was traipsing through the cloudy highland forests in the Kitulo Plateau, part of the southern highlands of Tanzania. In 2005, the Wildlife Conservation Society @thewcs, discovered a new species of primate here called the Kipunji monkey 🐒🙌🏼
Face mask (kple kple), early-mid 20th century, Baule artist
#Côte d'Ivoire #wood#Africa
The Baule adopted the goli masquerade from the neighboring Wan peoples within the last 100 years. Largely an entertainment mask, it can also be danced for the funerals of important men. A day long festival, goli features four pairs of masks that appear in a junior male and female and senior male and female hierarchy. However, each pair of masks is also defined as having both male and female aspects; the gender is identified by the order of appearance in the dance and the color the mask is painted (although the color- gender link is not consistent from one village to the next). This mask, one of the junior male mask pairs, takes the form of a disk shaped face mask surmounted by antelope horns. It is the most stylized Baule mask and clearly shows its Wan origins.
Credit Line: Gift of John A. McKesson
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You'll find some scorching hot songs from @realblackcoffee @enoonapa, runtown, myself & a handful others, in this one. Check it anytime on @mixcloud [www.mixcloud.com/soleessential_] • #RECORDEDPODCAST#InspiringGreatness
If you haven't had lunch, you should probably look away! 😄 We had another Food Photography Shoot and it's was absolutely awesome this time because we got to taste the incredible food (the Chef insisted). 😋 I can personally tell you that it was absolutely Yummm! If you have a food business and you are in need of Professional Photography, hit us up on 0706 783 7819; We are extremely affordable! 😊
I can never forget how they smelled like cinnamon and honey, and their skin felt like butter...so soft and so smooth...the lady on the left had so much Spunk and just oozed happiness while her sister on the right was minding her own business and touching my hair when she thought I wasn't looking...#africa
Polyphonic Odyssey - Episode 06
This is my favourite episode so far. I spent a few weeks hanging out at the Dially Kunda with Omar Djiba and Samba Demba, drumming under a mango tree and learning their Karoninka rhythms. Such a great bunch of guys. We became really good friends. Lots of laughs and lots of drumming in this episode.
I was also introduced to the local church choir (thanks to Moussa Badjie – you're in this Moussa) and recorded some very special performances at their church. Breath taking music. Beautiful voices.
In other news, I've moved back to London. I planned to finish the whole podcast series at my parents house, but I ended up just feeling isolated and going to the gym all the time instead. Hah. So change of tactics required. Living in my old neighbourhood in Peckham Rye now. Will be here for the next three months. After that, who knows.
Lots of positive and uplifting music in this one. Going to start working on episode 07 now.
Much love xxx