”…There were no Western instruments onstage when the Malian griot Bassekou Kouyate and his band, Ngoni Ba, performed at SummerStage in Central Park on Sunday afternoon. Ngoni Ba is a string band — four sizes of ngoni, a four-stringed African lute that’s an ancestor of the banjo — with Mr. Kouyate’s wife, Amy Sacko, as lead singer, along with two percussionists playing calabashes and tama, a West African pressure drum…” Here.
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“…The organizers of the Black Banjo Gathering want to educate both blacks and whites about where the instrument and the musical tradition originated. Groups like the Carolina Chocolate Drops have reclaimed the banjo, but for them, it’s all about the music…” Here.
More banjo playing (with guitar accompaniment)
Though there’s no guitar in it this is one of my favorite music videos. You might call it boogie woogie with feet. Yeah, piano, feet, bass, and drums. Very addictive. Called “Dancin’ The Boogie” by Swiss composer and performer Silvan Zingg, it’s danced to by world class dance champions William and Maéva.
Here’s some guitar boogie woogie
Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel
As chimps often outperform Wall Street brokers in winning stock picks it looks like birds are getting into the act now by outperforming many human guitarists.