From Africa to Appalachia is a musical project that delves into the historical connections between West African and Appalachian music. It highlights the influence of instruments like the n’goni, akonting, and other lutes brought by enslaved Africans on the development of the American banjo. The project features renowned Malian n’goni master and griot Cheick Hamala Diabate, accomplished old-time banjo player Riley Baugus, and versatile multi-instrumentalist Danny Knicely. While initially focused on exploring cultural connections, the artists discovered a shared musical bond, creating a unique and exhilarating blend of styles that brings something fresh and exciting to the stage.
Sponsored by: Siochain Foundation