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Jun 28, 2020 - 12:52:49 PM
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850 posts since 11/17/2003

Hey folks,

It's my pleasure to be hosting a conversation with Tony Thomas, preeminent African American banjo scholar, tonight on YouTube on the origins of the banjo. This is free, and open to all.

I hope to see many of you there. We'll get started at 7pm!

Afro-Caribbean Roots of the Banjo

Jun 28, 2020 - 2:08:16 PM
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146 posts since 4/14/2020

Just set a reminder. Sounds interesting.

Jun 28, 2020 - 2:52:35 PM

3136 posts since 9/12/2016

That is a subject that seems mostly guessed at ---to me . Usually with a couple modern instruments and no proof.
I hope he has more than this usual fare such as ---these pictures from books dating in the 1700s African explorers.I might get the popcorn out, These come from the internet archive.


Edited by - Tractor1 on 06/28/2020 14:54:32

Jun 28, 2020 - 3:15:08 PM

3136 posts since 9/12/2016

There seems to be some ties to Morocco on the lute ,. I think it may have had the flat fingerboard. of course this is all pre ,carribean afro

Jun 28, 2020 - 5:00:45 PM

3136 posts since 9/12/2016

Well Tom I am going to have to agree with much enthusiasm. Tony knows it like the back of his hand ,if he doesn't he says that also right on .thanks to you both.

Jun 28, 2020 - 5:07:09 PM

7084 posts since 11/4/2005

Excellent podcast! I'm looking forward to the next one.

Jun 28, 2020 - 5:08:41 PM

138 posts since 11/29/2012

That was really terrific! Thanks to you and Tony for pulling that off, can't wait for the next one.

Decatur, GA

Jun 28, 2020 - 6:13:44 PM
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850 posts since 11/17/2003

Thanks so much, guys! I'm so glad you came.

For those who missed it, I'll be leaving this livestream up until the end of time, or YouTube...whichever comes first.

Tony was amazing, and if you think his scholarship on banjo origins is amazing, wait until you hear about his other work on Black old time musicians and the rise of minstrelsy. Coming soon!

Jun 28, 2020 - 6:31:31 PM
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3829 posts since 3/11/2004

Tom, I enjoyed the talk and will share with my students. 


Jun 30, 2020 - 1:51:11 PM

515 posts since 11/6/2007

Great interview! Could Tony tell us exactly what developments in the banjo occurred in the Caribbean? It seems those are the first instruments he identifies as banjos. As a banjoist in Jamaica, I'm keenly interested.
Thank you, Tom and Tony. I'm looking forward to future installments.

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