Tef or Riq?

The Riq is another of the exciting instruments you can play in our Joko’s Tambourine app. The Riq is an instrument similar to the tambourine which can also be spelled Riqq or Rik, or written in Arabic as رق‎. It is also known as a Tef in Turkish music and as a Daf in Pakistan. The Riq is an important …

The South Indian Kanjira

Bhajan instruments: The Kanjira’s Beginnings Featured in our Joko’s Tambourine app is another instrument of the Tambourine family; the South Indian Kanjira. Used as a folk drum or as part of Bhajan music, Hindu devotional music the Kanjira closely resembled the European style Tambourine. In the 1880s Manpoondia Pillai is credited with altering the drum and it afterwards it began …

Photographer Document the Diversity of Beauty Around the World

A year ago, we shared the incredible story of Mihaela Noroc—a photographer who quit her job, withdrew her savings, and embarked on a mission to capture portraits of women from every country in the world. The ambitious, ongoing project highlights beauty that exists everywhere, in densely-populated cities as well as remote villages. Aptly-titled The Atlas of Beauty, Noroc documents her travels …

English is weird and complex

English speakers know that their language is odd. So do nonspeakers saddled with learning it. The oddity that we all perceive most readily is its spelling, which is indeed a nightmare. In countries where English isn’t spoken, there is no such thing as a spelling bee. For a normal language, spelling at least pretends a basic correspondence to the way …