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Shedding Light on the Roots of American Music

Dom Flemons, co-founder of the Grammy Award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, visited the Lower School to talk about the history of American music, introduce unusual instruments, and perform traditional songs for the boys. He traced a quintessential American instrument, the banjo, back to its beginnings in Africa, and shared the evolution of music brought to the new world by slaves from from old time music to bluegrass, to ragtime, and to contemporary styles of  music. The boys were fascinated by the musician's use of bones as an instrument, on which he performed this energetic variation of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Known as The American Songster, Flemons is a music scholar and historian, and plays 14 instruments. His most recent release is Black Cowboys.

Shedding Light on the Roots of American Music



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