Women with Water-Pots, Listening to the Music of the Marimba, Sansa, and Pan's Pipes
This image depicts women (some with pottery vessels) and children listening to three musicians playing the marimba, sansa and pan pipes in the Great Lakes region. According to Livingstone, "a band of native musicians came to our camp one evening. . . and treated us with. . . music on the marimba, an instrument formed of bars of hard wood of varying breadth and thickness, laid on different-sized hollow calabashes, and tuned to give notes (Livingstone, p. 63). David Livingstone (1813–1873) was a famous Scottish physician, Christian missionary, explorer and abolitionist. His interest was to locate the source of the Nile River. His missionary work also reinforced the European “Scramble for Africa” and the colonization of the continent.
David and Charles Livingstone, Narrative of an Expedition to the Zambesi and its Tributaries; and of the Discovery of the Lakes Shirwa and Nyassa, 1858-1864 (London, 1865), facing p. 63. Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library.
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