Review of Folk Music: African American Legacy

The article on folk music entitled, “African American Legacy,” was a good introduction into the subject. While not extremely comprehensive, the author gave us the basic elements of African American folk music as well as a brief history on its formation. When discussing the elements of this music, including call and response, polyrhythms, and acculturation, the author described the basic meanings. I think audio examples would go a long way in helping the reader understand the musical concepts. In addition, the section on instrumentation could have been much more extensive, as only two instruments were listed.

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