Americaning The African Banjo

If Harvard said it, then it must be true.

Black Scholarship hasn’t held much value to many people and doesn’t triculate through mass media very often. When it does, it somehow, someway shakes the banner of Black Scholarship and ducks under ‘Shyt-white-people-invented.’  It is as if we live in a culture dominated by all things beige and brighter. 0-o

No matter how we see brightness and light, it is important we balance our view with reality. The reality is there is no struggle for equality between whiteness and blackness. It is all an illusion my dear freqs. Whiteness is no more superior to blackness than the day is to the night. They are equally necessary, potent and they are both omnipresent always.

They are not competing with one another. They are sustaining one another.

Not sure if human beings will ever stop trying to find a way to be separate but shout out to the Cavs and Warriors for keeping competition interesting…

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Minus a multi-million dollar contract, what is this thing we do as human beings where we preference one to the other? Why is the disrespect so real?

Blackness has been made to feel inferior to whiteness and in some instances, has stood militantly erect in rebellion and insisted on its own superiority. Oy ve!

When will it end? Well, the internet aka King Rat has done a shyt-ton to comb through the pile of caca history left us and lo’ and behold, it’s filled with curly, black hairs.

#wetry

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“The Banjo Player” by William Sidney Mount

If you’ve ever wondered how those lions got carved in all those stone castles and monuments in Europe then this one is for you. The Black Freq Sheets had to get in on this banjo bandwagon because it gave us an opportunity to speak on this very important issue of black and white.

It’s a pretty important instrument in American music from Country to Bluegrass to Missy Elliot beats. Some of you may be surprised about the origin of the instrument and how it came from sub-Saharan Africa to the hills of Vermont on down to Tennessee.

Laurent Dubois’ book, The Banjo: America’s African Instrument, was published by Harvard University Press last year.

We decided not to take credit for the awesome scholarship we found online and didn’t feel like pulling it all together either so here is your opportunity to peep the technique unfreq’d…

From Africa to Appalachia

 American Roots Music

“It came over on slave ships with slaves in the 1500 and 1600s, and on through the 1700s, and made its way to plantations and farms and places where African Americans were living and working as slaves, and [it] slowly got adapted,” read more.


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Feature Image: Sana Ndiaye is a master lutest and musician from Senegal.

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