Black Folk Music History can be found in the lyrics of Folk songs. Many of the songs that have come to be synonymous with struggle, empowerment, human rights and perseverance have come from the African-American community. Many of these songs were sung as work songs, railroad songs, and songs to get Black people through their day to day life. 

Folk Music Notable Artists:

  • Harry Belafonte
  • Carolina Chocolate Drops
  • Elizabeth Cotten
  • Richie Havens
  • Ma Rainey
  • Odetta
  • Toshi Reagon

Lightnin’ Hopkins was a folk, blues singer and guitarists. Hopkins’s style came from spending many hours playing.  His distinctive fingerstyle technique often included playing, in effect, bass, rhythm, lead, and percussion at the same time. Folk music also utilized  tapping or slapping for rhythmic feel.

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Elyse London

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Sing Praises + Gospel

Hallelujah Hallelujah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugS_wlFhcus Tamela Mann born June 9, 1966 in Fort Worth, TX. Tamella is a well known voice in the gospel community. She is

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2000s

Taking Over from the 99 and the 2000s Finish the lyric game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dfpHS-he-k The 2000s produced memorable song hits! It is a decade in music

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Negro Spirituals

Origin & History Negro Spirituals originated from plantations as lyrical songs to express the stories of the opressed black american people. As a people ,

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Jubilee Quartets

Jubilee Quartet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seMv-ASmcPohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BluyvQUXgUo Jubilee quartets were well known African-American musical groups in the early 20th century. The origins of the Jubilee quartets originated from Fisk

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Disco

Disco Disco History: Disco became popular in the late 1970s and the early 1980s. Disco was refered to as “dance music”. The term disco was

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Funky Funk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrle0x_DHBMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs069dndIYk Earth, Wind, and Fire Earth, Wind, and Fire is a very well known funk group of the 70s. The  drummer, bandleader, songwriter, kalimba player,

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