Folk music started as early as the 1930s and got its sound from traditional, rural music. Folk music was known for songs that usually pass throughout generations. It is learned by ear; the lyrics are not usually written down but remembered throughout the years. African American folk musicians that paved the way include: Huddie Ledbetter, better known as “Leadbelly,” Harry Belafonte, also known as an activist for social justice, Odetta who is known for gospel-folk, and Ma Rainey who is known for blues-folk. Folk music is very intersectional, there is not one type of folk song or sound.

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Blues

By: Brittney James Blues is called blues because the lyrics come from states of agitation or sadness. Blues originated on Southern slave plantations and gained

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Sub Genre: Jazz

Nina grew up in a southern Methodist home and began singing in the church as a child like many other African American musicians. As she

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Jubilee Quartet

Jubilee quartets were derived from the Fisk jubilee singers after the ending of slavery; this began in 1871 by George L. White at Fisk University

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Jazz

Jazz music is a great combination of ragtime and blues, it is not as sad as blues but has a similar melody and it is

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Musical Theater

Staged performances that included music, dance, and a bit of acting began about 2,500 years ago in ancient Greece; this staged performance later became known

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Daniel Caesar Daniel Caesar or better known by his family as Ashton Simmonds, is a 24-year-old Toronto native.  Caesar was musically inclined at a young

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