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The Matabele, the Masai, the Zulu

In his journey with Diego Alvarez, Shankar gets to meet members of a number of African tribes – Matabele, Zulu, Masai.

The Matabele are now known as the Ndebele people. There’s an interesting write-up on them here. And this is an interesting picture from R. H. Kiernan, Baden-Powell, 1939.

The Masai are probably among the best known peoples of Africa. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about them. Photographer Osa Johnson and her husband Martin were responsible for introducing much of the world to the exotic wonder of Africa. This is a photograph of her with Masai women, taken in the 1930s.

This picture is a classic – I don’t know who the photographer is, but I always dreamed of an African hunter looking for prey in exactly this pose.
Wikipedia tells us a lot about the Zulu people, the Zulu language, and the Zulu kingdom. The most famous king of the Zulu people was King Shaka. The picture below is, I understand, the only known drawing of the king.
The famous folk singer Pete Seeger believed that the well-known song “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” is actually about Shaka. Here’s Pete Seeger and The Weavers singing this song at the Carnegie Hall in New York, at their reunion concert.

About thecrestedjay

I am passionate about football, jazz, classic rock, classic movies, crime, science fiction and P G Wodehouse. And also about NBA, western and Indian classical music. Since the wife will also read this blog, I cannot reveal my other passions in public. Have one son who plays the guitar, spent some time as an animator and now works for a digital marketing and advertising company. I also have one (1) wife. I spent a lot of my time on my music and books collection. I also have a passion for travelling but not a great deal of time and money to spend on this. Hopefully, in the future, I'll be able to do so.


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