I spent this evening attending a discussion at Duke on banjos and their roots in Africa. There are three reasons why I chose to attend:
- I have loved banjos ever since I realized that the melancholic and slightly creepy plucking during the Pirates of the Caribbean ride was, in fact, a banjo.
- Tickets were completely sold out to the “Thrown Down Your Heart” performance tomorrow night with Bela Fleck and a number of musicians from Africa.
- The banjo is from Africa?