The double bass, also called the string bass, upright bass, bass fiddle, bass violin, doghouse bass, contrabass, bass viol, stand-up bass or bull fiddle, is the largest and lowest-pitched bowed string instrument of the violin family.
It was part of the innovative musical traditions that the North African Moorish musicians brought to Europe in the 15th century.
In the 1930s, musician and inventor Paul Tutmarc from Seattle, Washington, developed the first electric string bass in its modern form, a fretted instrument designed to be held and played horizontally. It was marketed as "Model 736 Bass Fiddle."
In the 1950s, Leo Fender, with the help of his employee George Fullerton, developed the first mass-produced electric bass.
Africa it's undoubtedly the home of modern civilization. However, the continent almost lost its claim to these rich elements of civilization due to our inability to fully develop and market them. With little literature preserving our rich history, some of our greatest achievements have either been forgotten or attributed to others.
But we should use the pride that we feel in rediscovering our ancestors' accomplishments to once again become innovators in the world. And with modern innovation, our work must be well documented, rights to inventions must be protected, and patents must be effectively developed and marketed, so that no one ever again can claim for themselves what we as Africans first did.
*culled from www.infoboxdaily.com