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Musical Entourage

In the Yoruba kingdom, it is customary for the king to be ushered in to any event or anywhere with music. His title demands it and this King was  no different, during his visit to my camp we were entertained by his entourage as he was ushered in and also during his speech they chorused his praises.

Info Bits
– The musical instrument in the first picture is a Sekere.  A Sekere is a melodic shaker; beads or cowrie shells beautifully wound around a gourd, shaken, beaten by fists occasionally and thrown in the air to create a festive mood.
– The musical instrument in the last two pictures is a Talking Drum. The talking drum is an hourglass-shaped drum from West Africa, whose pitch can be regulated to mimic the tone and prosody of human speech.

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The Art of Chess Warfare

Chess, a most illustrious game handed down from centuries past. I was an observer to this mind battle on the board, a worthy fight but there had to be a victor. Can you guess who won?

Fact Bits

– Chess began in India during the Gupta Empire, spreading to the Persian Sassanid Empire, and then to the Middle East after Muslims conquered Persia.  From there, it spread to Europe and Russia.
– The word “Checkmate” in Chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means “the King is dead.”