The role of music in African and AA Communities
By: Amaya Thompson

The role of music in African Communities

The role of music in African American Communities

When it comes to religion in Africa, music is extremely significant. Songs and music are utilized in rituals and religious celebrations, as well as to sing and dance to, and also to pass down stories from generation to generation. The majority of the continent’s traditional music which is passed down verbally rather than written down.

There would be no American music without African-American influences. They brought with them a rich African musical legacy that helped to establish a unique American musical culture that blended African and European traditions.  During the civil rights campaigns of African Americans in the twentieth century , music was critical to highlight their struggles. It gave a way for black people to express their sorrow and anger of being mistreated and allowed for a sense of belonging within the community.