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Twins Seven Seven with his jazz band, Oshogbo, Nigeria, slide

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Data Source
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
Notes
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Organization
Image indexed by negative number
Summary
"At a farewell gathering for Michael Crowder in September 1963 at the Mbari Mbayo Club in Oshogbo, Nigeria, a young man crashed the party. Few knew him, but the eyes of everyone turned toward him when he began to dance. His somewhat garish costume and his innovative dance movements caught the eyes of Ulli Beier, who was hosting the party. The young man introduced himself as Twins Seven Seven. Thus began a relationship that would bring Twins national and international attention. It also marked Twins's introduction to the "Oshogbo Artists." [Pemberton j., 2002: Ulli Beier and the Oshogbo Artists of Nigeria, African Studies Review, Volume 45, Number 1, pp.115-124]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for Westinghouse Film and traveled to Africa from October 26, 1970 to end of March 1971.
Repository Loc.
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, 950 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20560-0708
photographer
Elisofon, Eliot
Date
1971
Physical description
slide : col
Type
Color slides
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Eliot Elisofon Field photographs 1942-1972
Local number
F 2 NIG 75 EE 71
EEPA EECL 4966
Culture
Yoruba (African people)
Topic
Music
Artists
Mural painting and decoration
Place
Africa
Nigeria
Restrictions & Rights
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