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Playing Since: 1982
Experience Level: Purty Good
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5-string banjo, ukulele, percussion
Taj Mahal, Patterson/Frazier, Sankofa Strings, Carolina Chocolate Drops, James Reese Europe
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Last Visit 3/19/2023
Súle Greg Wilson grew up in a Washington, DC that still had street musicians downtown, unfenced railroad tracks, and raccoons in the back yard; in a world of international experiences and local affairs, beloved relatives and guests from all over the globe who came and shared at the kitchen table. He was saturated in ancestral tales of far-away lands, practical lessons on street-wise ways, and discussions on politics, haints, and pop culture--then went out and experienced it, himself. Playing community music from the age of twelve, Wilson first picked up the banjo to find the Africa in America. He went on to co-direct the Black Banjo Gathering and co-found Carolina Chocolate Drops/Sankofa Strings. You can see him in Give Me the Banjo, the Librarian and the Banjo, Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost, and more. He’s played, danced, sung and/or recorded with Olatunji, Taj Mahal, Mike Seeger, Tony Trischka, Peter Rowan and more, in Ireland, Mexico, Ghana and others. Súle’s written The Drummer’s Path, as well as the instructional series Funky Banjo, and more. He has developed (and been paid for) the many tools he has used to mediate and contextualize his experiences and understanding of Spirit moving in the world: the written word, storytelling, teaching history (local to World), photography, culture-based movement—including studies in martial arts, reiki, meridians, Kemetic arts, yoga, African and Post-African dance—spiritual practices from East, West, and South, and music (percussion, banjo, voice, ukulele). Put it all together, you get SG Wilson, urban shaman and American Griot: educator, storyteller, consultant, musician; healer and Black lightworker.
'National Donut Day...' 40 min