In this first installment of the "Conversations with Banjo Historians" DVD (Volume 3 in the "Conversations with North American Banjo Builders" Series), historian Greg Adams covers the Banjo's African American Origins and West African Heritage.
Greg gives a very complete description of where we are and what we know in terms of the banjo's developments abroad and in the US. He also demonstrates some fine playing skills on the ngoni and akonting (banjo predecessors).
'No knot Tailpiece' 9 min
'Nashville Blues (TOTW)(CH)' 14 min