...Appalachian Music There is a popular impression, in society, that Appalachia is white, and that the history of Appalachian music is white, having its roots in Europe. Actually, however, Black Appalachian music merged the African banjo with the European fiddle, and this formed the instrumental center of Appalachian music (Mazbrow). Failing to account for Black Appalachian music, and particularly the banjo as central to that music, would lose more than half of a story that is critical to the history of music and American heritage. This is so because Appalachian music has been a template for cooperative cultural and racial interweaving. The banjo can have four or five... April 6, The Banjo in Black...