Magazine article New Internationalist

Africa to Appalachia

Magazine article New Internationalist

Africa to Appalachia

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Africa to Appalachia

by Jayme Stone and Mansa Sissoko Uaymestone JS20 CD)

If Jayme Stone left his native Canada, banjo in hand, simply to source the ancestors of his instrument among the musicians of Mali, he was in for something of an epiphany. Africa to Appalachia is far more than simply an engaging contact with a different musical culture. Rather, with the help of Malian griot and kora player Mansa Sissoko, the album has a genuine quest to create modern links - and two related instruments and the music that has grown up around them.

It's long been known that the banjo - an instrument synonymous with Appalachian bluegrass music (remember the film Duelling Banjos?) - was first fashioned by Africans in America as an approximation to their own instruments. …

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