Musicians and Musical Instruments, Sierra Leone, early 1820s
Caption, Jellemen of Soolimana. The principal instruments used [by the Jelle-men] are the kora, in sound and shape resembling a guitar; the ballafoo [balafon] . . .; different-sized drums; and a flute with three notes, which is only used as an accompaniment to other instruments . . . (p. 369). The author travelled in Sierra Leone in the early 1820s.
Alexander Gordon Laing, Travels in the Timannee, Kooranko, and Soolima countries in Western Africa (London, 1825), facing, p. 369. (Copy in Library Company of Philadelphia)
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