Banjo Roots and Branches

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The story of the banjo's journey from Africa to the western hemisphere blends music, history, and a union of cultures. In Banjo Roots and Branches, Robert B. Winans presents cutting-edge 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, Banjo Roots and Branches offers a wealth of new information to scholars of African American and folk musics as well as the worldwide community of banjo aficionados. 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.show more

Book details

EAN

9780252083600

Classifications

West Africa
United States of America, USA
Caribbean islands
Theory of music and musicology
Folk & traditional music
String instruments

Format

Paperback / softback

Number of pages

360 pages

Weight(g)

526g

Dimensions(mm)

207 x 177 x 19

Publication date

2018-08-15

Publisher

University of Illinois Press

Readership

Professional & Vocational

Series

Music in American Life

Series Editor

Imprint

-

Publication City/Country

United States

Language

English

EAN 9780252083600
Classification West Africa
United States of America, USA
Caribbean islands
Theory of music and musicology
Folk & traditional music
String instruments
Format Paperback / softback
Number of pages 360 pages
Weight(g) 526g
Dimensions(mm) 207 x 177 x 19
Publication date 2018-08-15
Publisher University of Illinois Press
Readership Professional & Vocational
Series Music in American Life
Series Editor
Imprint -
Publication City/Country United States
Language: English

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