ARTS Pick: From Africa to Appalachia

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Master n’goni player Cheick Hamala Diabate performs at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Master n’goni player Cheick Hamala Diabate performs at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.

The banjo-folk music bastion has a remarkable lineage. Derived from African lutes called n’goni that were brought by slaves to the New World, the development of the banjo provides a fascinating insight into the birth of American music. Master n’goni player Cheick Hamala Diabate, together with celebrated bluegrass banjoist Sammy Shelor, multi-instrumentalist Danny Knicely, and folklorist Blaine Wade, take us From Africa to Appalachia to explore the origins of roots music. A free workshop will be held at The Bridge PAI at noon.

Thursday 2/20. $12-15, 8pm. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 420 Commerce St. 981-7837.

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