SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

The African Roots of the New World Banjo

Daniel Jatta
Daniel Laemouahuma Jatta

Date: 1 December 2014Time: 5:15 PM

Finishes: 1 December 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 116

Type of Event: Demonstration

Daniel Laemouahuma Jatta is a Jola scholar and musician from Mandinary, Gambia, who pioneered the research and documentation of the akonting, a Jola folk lute, as well as the related Manjago folk lute, the buchundu, in the mid-1980s. Prior to Jatta's work, these instruments were largely unknown outside the rural villages of the Senegambia region of West Africa. Jatta has done three decades of research on the relationship between the akonting and the banjo of the American south, and has presented his findings at major congresses in Africa, Europe and the USA. With Dr Lucy Duran (Lecturer in African Music) and Dr Toby Green (Lecturer in Lusophone African History and Culture, KCL) Daniel will discuss his research and give a demonstration of the akonting.


Organiser: Centre of African Studies, University of London & The Institute of Historical Research

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