Folk Music

Folk Music as related to African Americans can be dated all the way back to 1820. It all originated from slaves who were being transported to America during the Transatlantic Slave Trade and has progressed into creating jazz, R&B, blues, and much more.

One of the most prevalent forms of folk music during slavery times were call and response. This was used as a form of communication to talk to other slaves in different fields, as well as a way to pass the time when enduring hard labor. 

Some famous folk songs that we know today are “Down in the River to Pray” and “Wade in the Water” (which can also be categorized as spirituals)

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