In the article African American Legacy by Zoe Watkins Folk music consists of different elements such as call and response, polyrhythms, patting juba, and acceleration. Polyrhythms are when multiple rhythms that contrast are composed to be played or sung at the same time. Patting juba is rhythmic body procession including clapping and stomping. The instrument most associated with Folk music, is the banjo. The genre of folk music was created by slaves in the new world due to the lack of allowed native culture and lack of instruments. Credit for the creation of the genre has been taken by the whites of the united states.

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