The mid-19th-century minstrel banjo is one of the first manifestations of the meeting of these musical worlds - Africans and Europeans. Along with the fiddle, the banjo was the most popular instrument in African-American music in the United States through the 18th and into the 19th century. In the early 1800s, white musicians began to take up the banjo in imitation of southern African-American players. By the mid-1800s, white professional stage performers had popularized the banjo all across the United States and in England and had begun their own banjo traditions as they popularized new songs. Because these musicians usually performed with blackened faces, they came to be known as blackface minstrels. Interesting history.
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I understand the desire to understand what, exactly, Moogfest means with their "protest stage", but this article starts out with a skeptical premise and basically takes lack of information as proof of said premise. It's ridiculous and the quality of research/aggressiveness of agenda here is something I'd equate to the Daily Caller or Breitbart - just on the other side. I'm newish to Durham but as far as I understand Moogfest hasn't exactly done anything to spite the city yet, and the author's definition of what constitutes protest seems to be pretty singular and myopic. Calling a bunch of non-profits that supports one's notion of progress and having them say they aren't working with Moogfest is really a reach. I mean, personally, I'd be happy if Moogfest did support those organizations, but just because they have a 'protest stage' doesn't mean they are all of a sudden obliged to do so prove this festival theme. Maybe it will all turn out to be a marketing ploy, but if that's the case it's a shame because you already wrote the piece before you had the facts.
There's also the very possibly obvious scenario that the 'Protest' stage will show artists who engage in 'protest music' and charging to see artists isn't some cynical gesture. If it's a big draw and that's how these artists make a living, well, that's how it goes.
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