Rhiannon Giddens – Folk Music Pioneer

Rhiannon Giddens-Folk Music Pioneer Folk music originates from oral story-telling that has been down through generations of families. The folk music that we know and love today, would not be here if it was not for efforts of African American/black people. Folk music like many other music forms was crafted and perfected by black musicians […]

The Outstanding, yet Oppressed Fiddler

The Outstanding, yet Oppressed Fiddler: The Importance of the Fiddle in African Folk Music History of the Fiddle Historical evidence shows that the fiddle, similar to the violin, was created during the medieval 10th century era of Europe. However, due to the exclusion of African culture in history, the fiddle played in African folk music […]

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 […]