Do you know that the banjo also known as banjar is of African origin?
The 4 string banjo became extremely popular in the US in the early part of the 20th century. It was also at this time when it became greatly associated with jazz music. It is interesting to note that in South America, particularly in Brazil, it is an essential instrument especially associated with Brazil’s samba music.
In my part of the world, the banjo is something I associate with the Christmas season. My childhood is rich with memories of carolers playing banjo music as they visit our home.
I guess the banjo has crossed cultures and seasons and is here to stay, giving us its own kind of music.