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  • And, to complete the charm, the sudden sounds of the drum and banjee called our attention to a procession of the John-Canoe, which was proceeding to celebrate the opening of the new year at the town of Black River.

    Journal of a Residence among the Negroes in the West Indies Matthew Gregory 1845


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  • "At Studio B in Brooklyn the band was introduced by the drag queen Linda Simpson. When the members filed onstage, they wore matching T-shirts emblazoned with “banjee�? — slang for a gay man with a hypermasculine sensibility."

    The New York Times, Party Titans, Updating Disco’s Sound, by Hua Hsu, June 22, 2008

    June 22, 2008