Monday Morning Smile – Wazoo


“What kind of musical instrument is a wazoo?”

Wendy Turnbull

New Westminster Public Library
New Westminster, BC, Canada

The “Original American Kazoo” is still made in the city of Eden, New York, and though the factory itself may no longer be toured, there is still a visitors center that explains modern production methods as well as West African origins of the instrument. Established in 1916, this is now the world’s only metal kazoo factory, according to Profiles of New York State – 2009-2010 (Grey House Publishing), one of thousands of titles available in the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Even though we don’t own this book you can find reference for  kazoo in Gale Virtual Reference Library . If you select the first entry you can see how it translates into English and also try using the Credo Reference link in Gale Virtual Reference Library to find more information about the kazoo.

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