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NPR: Banjo From 'Africa To Appalachia'

Desert Dancer 13 Oct 08 - 06:14 PM
GUEST,leeneia 14 Oct 08 - 03:56 PM
Janie 14 Oct 08 - 09:52 PM
GUEST,BigDaddy 15 Oct 08 - 01:54 AM
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Subject: NPR: Banjo From 'Africa To Appalachia'
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 13 Oct 08 - 06:14 PM

Yesterday, NPR's All Things Considered ran an item entitled "Bringing The Banjo From 'Africa To Appalachia'". It's available with extra music to hear at this page.

To quote:

All Things Considered, October 12, 2008 - While typically associated with traditional bluegrass, country and even jazz, the banjo has roots that stretch all the way back to West Africa. Musician Jayme Stone made that journey in search of the ancestors of his own banjo. Along the way, he met kora player Mansa Sissoko. The two have collaborated on a new album called Africa to Appalachia, and recently spoke about their musical partnership from the studios of Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul.


I haven't had a chance to give it much of a listen yet, but should be interesting. Jayme Stone is apparently a bluegrass & jazz-based player/composer.

~ Becky in Tucson

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Subject: RE: NPR: Banjo From 'Africa To Appalachia'
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 14 Oct 08 - 03:56 PM

Thanks, Becky. I enjoyed the music.

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Subject: RE: NPR: Banjo From 'Africa To Appalachia'
From: Janie
Date: 14 Oct 08 - 09:52 PM

Thanks for the link, Becky. I took a quick listen and will go back later to listen to the podcast, as well as more of the music. All I listened to was June Apple, and I think I am going to have to fine tune my listening to really "get" the two instruments playing together.

I used to be involved somewhat with African dance and music in my region, and took a number of dance classes from the woman who was Chuck Davis's Dance Director at the time. They would occasionally do pieces that featured the kora. Then, in 2007, Chuck choreographed and produced
Bluegrass Brown Earth, which (that?) traced the evolution of the banjo in music and dance. It was quite powerful.


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Subject: RE: NPR: Banjo From 'Africa To Appalachia'
From: GUEST,BigDaddy
Date: 15 Oct 08 - 01:54 AM

And, in case you missed it, someone already coined the term, "Affrilachian." Wouldn't you know?

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