The historical record of this instruments path may only begin in the 1600s. Evidence provides that the banjo, or an instrument that resembled a four string banjo, existed in the West Indies. It is well documented that slaves from North Africa were taken from the homeland to Europe, the West Indies, and the New World of America.
The Slaves of West Indies and American colonies may have been stripped of their names and their identities with their families back home but they maintained their cultural heritage.
Music and Dance was an essential part of the slaves life, temporarily ridding them of the stressful conditions on the plantation. A Sunday sabbath was a regular occurrence for the slaves on the plantations.