My take on Folk Music, specifically in the African culture, I used to think about a black man holding a banjo and singing what I would considered American Folk. After reading the chapter on Secular Folk Music, I discovered that when the enslaved Africans were brought here against their will, their culture was stripped from them. The enslaved Africans were able to preserve the culture that they were able to through their spiritual guidance. It helps me relate to the present day when we all have the same idea of our rhythms and feelings within our culture. The dispersal of the enslaved did not stop our people from having similar styles of music.

Elaina Blake

Elaina Blake

A Family Affair: Ragtime

The origin of ragtime comes from the African American culture and music derived from New Orleans. This genre was stemmed from those involved in the

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We Want the Funk

Funk has always been a very interesting word to describe a genre of music to me. The word itself makes me want to scrunch my

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Final Goodbye

Dear Doc, I did not know what to expect from this class. This semester was very challenging for me and I just wanted to say

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A Classic

During the beginning stages of classical music in the African American culture, artists like Newport Gardner would get their influences from the White Europeans who

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