Africa

All-American Banjo Has African Rootsi
X
September 19, 2013 9:19 PM
From folk songs like “Oh Susannah” to its starring role in Bluegrass festivals, the banjo seems to be a quintessentially homegrown American instrument. However, as Colorado banjo virtuoso Jayme Stone has learned, this five-stringed wonder actually has roots half a world away - in Africa. VOA’s Adam Phillips profiles Stone and his exploration of what some say is the world’s most cheerful instrument.

All-American Banjo Has African Roots

Published September 19, 2013

From folk songs like “Oh Susannah” to its starring role in Bluegrass festivals, the banjo seems to be a quintessentially homegrown American instrument. However, as Colorado banjo virtuoso Jayme Stone has learned, this five-stringed wonder actually has roots half a world away - in Africa. VOA’s Adam Phillips profiles Stone and his exploration of what some say is the world’s most cheerful instrument.


You May Like

Thailand's Political Power Struggle Continues

Court gave Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra until May 2 to prepare her defense over abuse of power charges but uncertainty remains over election timing More

Malaysia Plane Search Tests Limits of Ocean Mapping Technology

Expert tells VOA existing equipment’s maximum operating depth is around 6 kilometers as operation continues on ocean bed for any trace of MH370 More

Open Source Seeds Hit the Market, Raise Awareness

First open source seeds include 29 new varieties of broccoli, celery, kale, quinoa and other vegetables and grains More