January 1, 2012

The “A” Chord

This was one of my favorite pictures I came across in the last year, and is a joyful way to start off this new one. A student of mine recently placed first in a photography contest for images taken while studying abroad; that photo above was taken in Tanzania by Ian Heyse, and is called “The A Chord.” Ian wrote:

Leboi is a traditional Maasai healer at Gibb’s Farm, a working farm and living museum where I had an internship. During my time there, we became close friends and learned a great deal from each other. He told me stories about hunting lions and the plants he gives to cattle when they are sick.

One day, I taught him the A chord. He played the same chord for over an hour, singing in Maa and dancing until he had to sit and rest.

I wish you all the same in 2012.


  • Love it! Thanks for that.

    Andy Palmer — January 1, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

  • Thank you for a wonderful photo, story & sentiment. Here’s to an ‘A’ chord year!

    jimbo — January 1, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

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