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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.

Cedric Watson

Darlin Cori

One of my favorite old time tunes. I play Darlin Cori in low "c" tuning. I love the warm mellow sound of a gourd banjo. It's a more similar instrument to the original banjo made on plantations by African slaves all through out the southern US and carribean. My Banjo was created by Barry Sholder in Georgia.

"Black Banjo Gathering", Symposium on Affrilachia, Lexington,Kentucky

During The Symposium on Affrilachia, CeCe Conway (Appalachian State University, author "African Banjo Echoes in Appalachia") & Dom Flemons (Carolina Chocolate Drops) gave a presentation on the Banjo, Black Banjo Gathering & the progression of the banjo through the creation of various genres of American music. Hosted by University of Kentucky's Africana Studies Program. Organized by Frank X Walker.