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Perhaps the coup de grace in this tangled web of racial influences in country is the banjo. Perhaps the most iconic boot-stompin’ country instrument, the banjo comes from West Africa. It’s a history many modern folk and country musicians, from the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Rhiannon Giddens to Dom Flemons, have being working to keep alive. Otherwise, it may be forgotten.

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