If you told any average American to close their eyes and picture what a middle folk musician looks like, they would go on about White hillbillies and their banjos singing country tunes. What they do not know is that the originators of folk music look more like the picture to the left. Arriving in a new world, Africans had been completely stripped away from their freedom, but the music they had within themselves could not be stripped away. The rhythm that they could not take beneath their feet. The melody that they can never take out their hands. The Europeans thought they could take away everything from the Africans, but they could never take away the harmony in their hearts. By not having the usual instruments, they had to get creative such as using the Hambone, which was the instrument that they could not take away.
In conclusion, Folk music is the thing we believed started it all. All the decades of great music created by African Americans. Folk music has been erased from the typical knowledge of African American but seen as the white people music because they took it. African Americans had folk music when they had nothing else to bring them joy. What they did not know at the time they were setting up decades of Black people making music and becoming influenical