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banjo is a
stringed instrument developed by enslaved
Africans in the United States, adapted from several African instruments.The name banjo is commonly thought to be derived from the Kimbundu term mbanza. Some etymologists derive it from a dialectal
pronunciation of "bandore", though recent research suggests that it may come from a Senegambian term for a bamboo stick formerly
used for the instrument's neck.
African Slaves in the American South and Appalachia fashioned
the earliest banjos after instruments they had been familiar with in Africa, with some of the earliest instruments
being referred to now as "gourd banjos". A likely contender for the primary ancestor of the banjo is the
akonting, a spike folk lute played by the
Jola tribe of Senegambia. However, other similar instruments
include the xalam of
Senegal and the ngoni of the Wassoulou region including parts of Mali, Guinea, and Côte d'Ivoire. The modern banjo was popularized by
the American minstrel performer Joel Sweeney in the 1830s. Banjos were introduced in Britain in the 1840s by
Sweeney's group, the American Virginia Minstrels, and became very popular in music halls.
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