Commodification of African American Music
Commodification in Negro spirituals, Folk Music, Blues, and Ragtime music.
As previously stated slaved used music as a form of an escape. White people were fascinated with the African ability to use music to express emotion that White abolitionist created a book of 100 slave songs sung in the US. Folk music brought exposure to a wide variety of instruments such as the banjo, djembe drums, washboards, gourd, and if it wasn’t for Folk music these instruments would not be sold. Sheet music was very big for ragtime. Because ragtime gained its popularity during the 20’s people bought instruments that required sheet music. Most black people loved buying records (which was popular at the time to blues music) to listen to music of African American Artist