The Banjo Was Originally a West African Instrument

Jeff Suwak
Appleknocker Radio
Published in
5 min readMar 27, 2019

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For as long as I can remember, the banjo has been ingrained in my mind as a symbol of Appalachia and the southeastern United States. To me, it’s always been a hillbilly (term used with all love and respect, friends, I’m a country boy, too) instrument, synonymous with blue grass music. So, I naturally assumed the instrument originated in Appalachia, or at least in the American South. Turns out I was…

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