Field Holler and Work Song

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African Roots: The Banjo and its Transverse History in American Music

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Folk Secular Music

Folk Secular Music History History Previous Next Folk Secular Music was cultivated for the purpose of creating a bridge between the roots of African Americans’ history of when they were free in Africa to when they became enslaved. Before slavery, individuals used folk music as a means of passing time or rhythmic exercises. A variety […]

The Influence of African Folk Music

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African Drums- Folk Music

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Folk Music Traditions and Neo-Soul Music

Folk Music Traditions and Neo-Soul Music For generations, folk music has been used as a form of expression for African Americans to describe their experiences and struggles as Black people in America. Throughout different periods, this music genre, which originates from negro spirituals sang by enslaved Black people, has been used by African Americans as […]

Folk Music

History of Folk Music Secular folk music is a genre of music that was created by African Americans. Africans in the New World combined their observations of European song and dance with what they had brought with them from Africa. Folk music became a part of African Americans’ everyday lives similarly to their sacred music. […]

Freedom Within The Chains

Freedom Within The Chains As Perceived Through Nelly Ruach Introduction Her Legacy Conclusion Throughout our time period, music has found its way being passed down and transformed with each passing century. As time goes on, people begin to add their own spin and twist to the musical genres; thus creating their own musical flow that […]

The Genre Defying Nina Simone

By: Autumn Johnson Who is Nina Simone? Nina Simone was born as Eunice Kathleen Waymon on February 21, 1933, in Tryon, North Carolina. She developed a love for music at a very young age, as she started playing the piano at 3 years old. Simone was very intelligent, graduating valedictorian of her class in high […]

The Creation of Folk Music- Through the Lens of A Powerful Black Woman

By: Gabrielle Weeden The History of Folk Music      As far back as African-American culture reaches, a soundtrack of amazing music has followed it. During the slavery-era, the enslaved Africans would create music between each other while they were out on the fields. This music was a series of calls they would echo back […]

How the Banjo Shaped White American Country Music

In modern day, most people think the Banjo is just related to white American people and country music only but that’s not the case. The evolution of the Banjo can be traced back as early as Egypt, which then it was under the name Banjar. The Banjo eventually made its way to Europe, specifically Ireland, which […]

African Folk, American Music

A look into early African instruments, music types, and performance styles reminds us that complexity runs deep in the roots of Black expression. Many instruments that may look deceptively simple have incredibly unique methods of playing and purpose. This article looks into some instruments of African origin that are common in American music, particularly (black) […]

Singing the song of the lord in a foreign land

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Secular Folk

Secular Folk Music 🎵 Among the peoples of Africa music was integrated into daily life as a group activity rather than a performance. Africans used music to accompany them during work, festivities, as well as expressing sentiments. All of these aspects of the African culture were adapted to life in the New World. The acculturation […]

Folk Revolutionary Musician: Tracy Chapman

Early Life and Inspiration Tracy Chapman was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1964. Tracy’s mother discovered her daughter’s love for music and bought her a ukulele at the age of three. By the age of 8 Tracy discovered how much she truly enjoyed music and what it meant to her. One can assume from the […]

Nina Simone: The Liberating Voice for Her People

The Voice Eunice Kathleen Waymon, popularly known as Nina Simone, was a famous jazz, blues, classical, folk, R&B, and gospel songstress of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Nina Simone was also known for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement as she was an activist who believed in the uplifting of Black people through music and […]

Do You Know Your Folklore?

What Do You Truly Know About Folk Music? We’ve heard before the upbringing of the folk music genre. How it is sung by the people, and not normally recored in a studio. How no one needs to be a trained musician to take part in the song. Even after being informed of all this, what […]

Tracy Chapman – Folk Music

Tracy Chapman – Folk Music By Kyleigh Brown Background Tracy Chapman is an African-American, Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter who’s music focused on depicting some of the harsh realities that come with being black, a woman, and lower class. Sticking with the roots of folk music, she also used her music as a form of activism […]

Passing the Torch: Black Women Activism through artistic outlets

In Chapter 5 of The Songs of Black (Women) Folk: Music, Politics, and Everyday Living, Rasheedah Quiett Jenkins is determined to highlight the connections between several black female artists that have been enlisted in carrying on the tradition of Black women activism. These women all stem from whom Jenkins deems as one of the first to do […]