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Prof. V. H. MOTTRAM. 'Present-Day Problems of Food : Modern Food Difficulties '

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PEOPLE have only just begun to consider -*- food from the scientific angle, and consult the chemists and physiologists as to what they should eat. Professor Mottram. who holds the Chair of Physiology in the University of London, was one of the first of the scientists to bring the laboratory into the kitchen, and his book. ' Food and the Family,' is a landmark in the history of popular dietetics. In this series of six Talks he will explain the importance of careful selection in feeding from the point of view of physical and mental efficiency and health,
THE melodies of the Songs of Nyassaland, collected by Mrs. Ella Kidney , are those used by various African native tribes in their ceremonies and rejoicings. Some of the songs come from near Lake Nyassa. while others are boat songs and travelling songs from near the Zambezi River, and they were all heard and noted in circumstances of actual native use.
With one or two exceptions the English words which Mrs. Kidney has written are close translations of the original native words. Mr. Theodore Holland has arranged five of the melodies from the original collection for general use. They are free arrangements, but the melodies are unaltered.
1. Travel. A Road Song. suggesting endless weary walking along a hot road, the travellers' encouragement of each other by means of their songs, and the successful hunt for game by the way.
2. Lumentation. The Song of Mourning, used by some native tribes to the west of Lake Nyassa. The Lament is sung as a recitative, with the villagers joining in the refrain. ' hoya hoya ho.'
3. The Jolly Robbers. This is a light-hearted song of harvest time.
4. Boat Song. This was heard on a little river flowing north from the Zambezi, within a short distance of the spot where, by the river bank, Mrs. David Livingstone was buried.
5. A Chicken's Grief. Another gay harvest song. 6. Slavery. This song originated among natives who had been captured and driven from their homes by slave raiders.

Contributors

Unknown: Mrs. Ella Kidney
Unknown: Lake Nyassa.
Unknown: Mr. Theodore Holland
Unknown: Mrs. David Livingstone






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