Some Facts about Folk Music

  • Folk music is considered a rural music genre. 
  • Folk music talks about cultural and national identity.
  • Folk comes from the word folklore.
  • African-American musicians have influenced folk music in an immeasurable way. 
  • Much of the Folk Music about struggle and human rights comes from the African-American community.
  • Banjo, an important instrument for Folk Music, was descended from West African instruments.
  • Black folk musicians taught white country music how to play instruments but they never received recognition or recorded their own songs. (eg: Lesley Riddle and Carter Family).
  • Story Telling is one of the elements of Folk Music. 
  • Leadbelly is considered one of the greatest Black Folk artists. 
  • Spirituals are a form of African-American folk song that combines elements of religious themes.

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