Most of us think of the banjo as a uniquely American instrument. But the banjo’s roots actually stretch all the way cross the Atlantic to Africa. Join Kojo as we explore the history of the banjo with two musicians who are trying to bridge its American sound with its African past.


  • Bob Carlin Musician; author, "The Birth of the Banjo: Joel Walker Sweeney and Early Minstrelsy" (McFarland & Company)
  • Cheick Hamala Diabate Musician, "From Mali to America"

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