Folk music began as a way for enslaved Africans to tell their stories and share their hopes. They used instruments such as the banjo and drums. The genre often followed a call and response form where the leader would sing a line and the rest would follow by repeating that line. Since this music began during enslavement, the only means of passing down their music was by mouth. Songs were never written down and the creators were never given their proper credit, which is why many white people would write down the songs and take credit for it.
Pattin Juba- style of dance that was often performed with Folk music that involved stomping, patting, and clapping the arms, legs, and chest.