The Banjo from Africa to Appalachia

159 Ginny Stevens Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605


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The modern banjo is an instrument commonly associated with the Appalachian region and Bluegrass music, but the origins of this instrument extend beyond the rolling hills of the Southern mountains, to West Africa. The banjo has evolved over the generations from a gourd body with gut strings to a metal resonator body and steel strings like we see today.