thats the coolest thing ive ever seen on this website
These are actually a group of itinerant minstrels, performers who use the animals to entertain crowds and sell traditional medicines. They may look like gangsters but according to David Muro (who spent eight days travelling with them) the animal handlers are related to each other and are actually practicing a tradition passed down from generation to generation. He described the handler-animal relationship as both doting & affectionate and sometimes brutal &cruel.
“Mos Def was incredible. He moved in such a beautiful way. It was an incredible gift for a photographer to take his picture, because he gives you so many special things, and you’d have to be a fool not to get it. He’s a very flamboyant character. That guy is sharp-he expresses himself just as well with clothes as he does through his music. He was playing with his hat, and I just picked up on it, and I told him to freeze in that moment.” - Platon (Respect Mag Issue 3)