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Tuesday, May 10, 2011 @7:10:20 PM
Dancing Queen writes:
I am an avid reader of The International Express from England and was interested to read in the "Your Questions Answered" column a person asking, Why is a Banjo called a Banjo and who invented it?"
The answer was: The Banjo and its name evolved from a group of stringed instruments known in different places as the mandore, mandura, bandore or similar names. The Mandolin also developed from the mandore. African slaves brought the instrument to America where it became known as the Banjo, following on from the way they pronounced the word bandore as banjore. As to who invented it, credit has often been given to Joel Walker Sweeney, leader of the Sweeney Minstrels in the 1830s for adding the fifth string to a four-stringed original but pictures showing five-stringed banjos have been found dating from before his time.
Does anyone know if this is a true account of the introduction of the Banjo or are there different theories, I would love to find out'?
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