Ekona Diatta with Daniel Laemouahuma Jatta in Kanjunka 7 20 08

Ekona Diatta, master of the Jola akonting (ekonting) plays at kanjunka. Kanjunka is near the village of Mlomp in southern Senegal. We are on the Southern shore of the Cassamance River. The Jolas of Mlomp relate that the Jola people received the akonting (ekonting) form their neighbors the Manjagos at some time in the distant past, right here in Kanjanka. Thus we are at the birthplace of the akonting. Daniel is wearing the orange T-shirt and translating The akonting has many similarities to the banjo, and is consider a West African banjo ancestor.