The Singer of Record 283

The names of many of those Northcote Thomas photographed and recorded in Southern Nigeria and Sierra Leone between 1909 and 1915 are unknown. Many are identified only by a number. In one case, a casual note tells us that the subject of photograph 1430 is ‘the singer of record 283’.

Narrative affordances of a still image

Nneni, Southern Nigeria, 1911 – The Government Anthropologist at a meeting of chiefs to discuss a land dispute.

Rearticulating image and sound

Toma, Sierra Leone, 1915 – Sande society maskers and recording of female vocal group recorded by N. W. Thomas, 24 February 1915.