The Evolution Of African Music

/*! elementor – v3.9.0 – 06-12-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} The Banjo Thesis: The Banjo originated many genres and instruments that we see today. The Banjo and Djemebe are two instruments that initiated different genres of music. The Banjo was an instrument that was made by African people. This instrument came from Gambia in the early 1600’s […]

African Roots: The Banjo and its Transverse History in American Music

/*! elementor – v3.5.6 – 28-02-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Early History of the Banjo The Banjo is a quintessential instrument in the folk music genre in the United States. Although the banjo was developed by African people, the connotation surrounding the banjo has become a sore subject for African Americans. […]

The Appropriation of African Music: History of the Banjo

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African Roots

/*! elementor – v3.6.4 – 13-04-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} The Banjo The banjo was brought to western civilization by the memories of enslaved Africans taken from their homes beginning in the 16th century. From there, the ability of slaves to be able to play the banjo became a coveted and […]

How the Banjo Shaped White American Country Music

In modern day, most people think the Banjo is just related to white American people and country music only but that’s not the case. The evolution of the Banjo can be traced back as early as Egypt, which then it was under the name Banjar. The Banjo eventually made its way to Europe, specifically Ireland, which […]

The Evolution of the Banjo

What Is The Banjo: The banjo is an instrument commonly found used in folk music that was brought from West Africa to America through slavery. In its early form, the banjo was comprised of a round drum with a neck and strings stretched on top. Over time, the banjo was adopted by white performers and […]

Folk Music’s Hidden Messages

Folk Music’s Hidden Messages Folk music is derived from Africa and has migrated to the United States as a result of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. This genre of music focuses on storytelling and the expression of emotion to convey a message. Folk music amongst enslaved Africans allowed a tradition to stay alive throughout in the Americas […]

The Origin of the Impersonated Folk Music

The Origin of the Impersonated The Impersonators Go on google and search “Country music singers” or “banjo players”, now click images. The uncanny similarity between the result is that almost all of the people that appeared are white. In today’s society, it would seem about right. But a very common misconception of Country music is […]

The Untold History of the Banjo and Fiddle

The Untold History of the Banjo and Fiddle The banjo and fiddle are two of the many instruments that were created by Black people. In fact, they are the greatest instruments derived from the creativity of Black people considering the impact they have had on the history of music. Back in they day, they were […]

Carolina Chocolate Drops: Genuine Negro Jig

Carolina Chocolate Drops: Genuine Negro Jig The Carolina Chocolate Drops is an American Folk band founded in Bonne, North Carolina, in 2005. This African American folk band included three-members: Rhiannon Giddens, Dom Flemons, and Justin Robinson, then Hubby Jenkins and Leyla McCalla. The all-black band focused on bluegrass, country, and blues. These genres were originated […]

Rhiannon Giddens: The New Face of Folk Music

Rhiannon Giddens: The New Face of Folk Background: Rhiannon Giddens is the new face of folk music. Born on February 21, 1977 in Greensboro, North Carolina, Rhiannon Giddens was a force to be reckoned with. Her father was a music teacher, which really launched her interest in music as an art. Despite going to college […]


African Culture Told Through Folk Music WHAT IS FOLK MUSIC & IT’S ORIGINS Folk music is a type of traditional style of music that tells a story. Folk music first originated in Africa, and has been passed down through generations. Africans used folk music to express their culture and experiences. One of the many ways […]

Getting to Know : Folk Music

What is African Folk Music? Overview  Music was a key element in all healing and religous rituals. Folk music originated in the 18th century, when the enslaved Africans were forced to come over to new land. It was a way to tell their story during that time. Because they were forced into a new area without […]

Folk Music: African American Legacy

African American Legacy The myths that African American enslaved people arrived into the New Worlde without any culture, the slaves were told that they could not bring any instruments into the New World slavs had no secular music, and the orgin of the banjo that was created by White musican Joel Walker Sweeney in the […]

Turn Up the Folk Music

The unpleasant experience of Africans who were sold and enslaved birthed the sound of folk music. People attempted to tell their story through lyrics. The lyrics expressed their sorrowful stories. Folk music is the earliest form of “message music”. The term “folk” originated in the 19th century but it’s history extends far beyond that. Folk music set the pace […]

How To Steal a Genre for Dummies :African American Folk Music

“Now that you have complete control of the creators (therefore knowing where it originated from), have studied the elements, and made the genre hard to express as one’s own you are on your way to effectively stealing a genre. What comes next is making a profit off of the stolen goods.”

Folk Music: Songs of the Struggle

Folk Music: Songs of the Struggle If you want to learn about the struggles of being African American, the best teacher is African American music. The hardships faced by African Americans can be found in a number of genres: Hip-Hop, R&B, Blues, etc… all throughout the history of African American music. But, where does the […]

Straight Outta Africa: Folk Music in the Americas

Origin of the Genre Folk music came during the time of the transatlantic slave trade and is considered the oldest form of African American music. When enslaved people were forced to the Americas, they brought their music with them and adapted it to their new environment. It was passed along through generations orally, and these […]

Folk Music: The Genuine Roots of African American Culture.

The tree…What is Folk Music?  Folk music is a type of traditional and generally rural music that was originally passed down in families and other small social groups. Typically, folk music was spread through oral tradition, meaning it was learned through hearing rather than reading. Though the meaning of the term folk music varies according […]