Folk music and Negro Spirituals by Selinam Dzisi

The history of folk music in African American culture arose from the struggles of slavery and racial discrimination in the United States. Originating from the musical traditions of West Africa, African slaves brought with them a rich heritage of rhythmic patterns, call-and-response singing, and communal music-making that laid the foundation for the development of various genres within African American folk music. 

During the era of slavery, negro spirituals emerged as forms of musical expression that not only helped alleviate the hardships of labor but also served as a means of preserving cultural identity and developing a sense of community. It became a vital part of African American religious life, blending biblical themes with African musical elements and providing hope in the face of adversity. 

Today, the influence of African American folk music can be seen across a wide range of musical genres, from hip-hop and R&B to contemporary soul and pop. It relates to the resilience and cultural heritage of the African American community, serving as a reminder of the enduring legacy of their musical contributions to American culture. 

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