Introduction to African Mandolin with Nathaniel Braddock

In the 19th century, the guitar, banjo, and mandolin all arrived on the coast of West Africa and were quickly adopted into cultures informed by their own ancient string music tradition. While the guitar spread into countless virtuoso styles across the continent, the early African string-band music is mostly lost. Join ethnomusicologist and African music scholar Nathaniel Braddock to learn music from recently uncovered recordings of one of Ghana's last mandolinists and discuss tactics for developing mandolin music in contemporary African styles.

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