The mouth bow is an ancient musical instrument, surely one of the earliest, and is found in various cultures around the world. Samm was first introduced to the mouth bow when he lived and studied traditional music in Benin City, Nigeria. His teacher there, Idemudia Izevbihen, who led a traditional music ensemble called the Ehengbuda Cultural Messengers, played the mouthbow, and encouraged Samm to play it while he was there. After leaving Nigeria, Samm didn't pursue playing the instrument any further, but he never forgot its appeal. Then, in the year 2008 he acquired a mouth bow and started playing again.
Many modern mouth bows are not actually bow-shaped anymore: the ones Samm plays (one uses a metal string, and another a strip of rattan) are of this modern straight variety, and are both tunable, as well, another innovation of the modern musical bow.