Gambia: Ears of the People – Ekonting Songs From Senegal and Gambia

Written by on 03/02/2023

[Afropop] By now, it’s widely recognized that the original model for the American banjo, and really all banjos, lies in West Africa. The essential idea of this percussive, plucked-string lute survived the transatlantic passage in the minds of captives to sprout new roots on American soil. The history from there is more or less well understood, but harder to pin down is which African instrument or instruments provided the original model. The question probably has no single answer, as there are so many African variant

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