African-American Folk Music

During the time of slavery and forced labors, the folk music, which later influences the music of modern American society, was created among the laborers. Most common style of African-American folk songs was “call-and-response.”  Call-and-response style of songs had one lead vocal and the rest responding to the lead vocal. Also, there are other distinct elements of African-American folk music, such as syncopation, swung notes, improvisation, and blue notes. These folk songs later became the major influence of Blues music, then Country music, so on and ultimately formed the modern music of America.

African-American folk songs convey the emotion of African Americans and their struggles, such as their fight for liberty and equality. However, there are also various African-American folk songs that are just for their entertainment.

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