The African-American Banjo: A Musical Journey from Slavery to Contemporary Times

The African-American Banjo: A Musical Journey from Slavery to Contemporary Times

The African-American Banjo: A Musical Journey from Slavery to Contemporary Times

The African-American Banjo: A Musical Journey from Slavery to Contemporary Times

When: Friday, February 22,2013, 12 noon
Where: Orbach Library, Room 240, University of California Riverside

Building on traditions brought from Africa, slaves in America shared songs about their daily lives. The banjo was an essential element in African-American communities from slave times to after the civil war. It was even used during the civil rights movement by one of Martin Luther King’s main song leaders. Please join us as Curtis Wright leads us in exploring the historical roots of the banjo and other African-derived elements in Bluegrass music.

Curtis Wright has been a professional cowboy, an educator, and is currently a pastor.
As a performing musician, Curtis excels on a number of instruments and is a master
banjo player. He has appeared with well-known bands such as Buck Page and the Riders of the Purple Sage, the Frank Wakefield Band, and has recorded with Jimmy Collier, a banjo-playing song leader for Dr. Martin Luther King.

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For More Information:

Contact: Christina Cicchetti
Phone: 951.827.5138
E-mail: christina.cicchetti@ucr.edu

This event is sponsored by the Librarians Association of the University of California Riverside