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Title Banjo roots and branches / edited by Robert B. Winans.
Imprint Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2018]

Series Music in American Life Series
Music in American life.
Subject Banjo -- History.
Lute -- Africa -- History.
African Americans -- Music -- History and criticism.
Alt Name Winans, Robert B.,
Description 1 online resource
Note Contributors: Greg C. Adams, Nick Bamber, Jim Dalton, George R. Gibson, Chuck Levy, Shlomo Pestcoe, Pete Ross, Tony Thomas, Saskia Willaert, and Robert B. Winans.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Banjo roots research : changing perspectives on the banjo's African American origins and West African heritage / Shlomo Pestcoe and Greg C. Adams -- Banjo ancestors : West African plucked spike lutes / Shlomo Pestcoe -- List of West African plucked spike lutes / Shlomo Pestcoe and Greg C. Adams -- Searching for gourd lutes in the Bijago Islands of Guinea-Bissau / Nick Bamber -- Interviews with Ekona Diatta and Sana Ndiaye, master musicians playing within traditional and contemporary commercial contexts / Chuck Levy -- The down-stroke connection : comparing techniques between the Jola Ekonting and the five-string banjo / Greg C. Adams and Chuck Levy -- "Strum strumps" and "sheepskin" guitars : the early gourd banjo and clues to its West African roots in the seventeenth-century circum-Caribbean / Shlomo Pestcoe -- "Finding" the Haitian Banza / Saskia Willaert -- The Haitian Banza and the American banjo lineage / Pete Ross -- Zenger's "banger" : contextualizing the banjo in early New York City, 1736 / Shlomo Pestcoe and Greg C. Adams -- The banjar pictured : the depiction of the African American early gourd banjo in The old plantation, South Carolina, 1780s / Shlomo Pestcoe -- Black musicians in eighteenth-century America : evidence from runaway slave advertisements / Robert B. Winans -- Mapping eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century citations of banjo playing, 1736-1840 / Robert B. Winans -- Black banjo, fiddle, and dance in Kentucky and the amalgamation of African American and Anglo-American folk music / George R. Gibson -- The changing intonational practice of mid-nineteenth-century banjo / Jim Dalton -- Gus Cannon : "The colored champion banjo pugilist of the world" and the big world of the banjo / Tony Thomas -- Defining a regional banjo style : "old country style" banjo or Piedmont two-finger picking / Robert B. Winans.
Summary The story of the banjo's journey from Africa to the western hemisphere blends music, history, and a union of cultures. This book presents scholarship that covers the instrument's West African origins and its adaptations and circulation in the Caribbean and United States. The contributors provide detailed ethnographic and technical research on gourd lutes and ekonting in Africa and the banza in Haiti while also investigating tuning practices and regional playing styles. Other essays place the instrument within the context of slavery, tell the stories of black banjoists, and shed light on the banjo's introduction into the African- and Anglo-American folk milieus. Wide-ranging and illustrated with twenty color images, this book offers information to scholars of African American and folk musics as well as the worldwide community of banjo aficionados. -- Publisher's description.
Note Description based on print version record.
ISBN 9780252050640 (epub)
0252050649
9780252041945 hardcover ; alkaline paper
9780252083600 paperback ; alkaline paper
0252041941
0252083601
ISBN/ISSN 40028446300
OCLC # 1048773585
Additional Format Print version: Banjo roots and branches Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2018] 9780252041945 (DLC) 2017060726



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