Folk music[ edit ] American folk revival[ edit ] The song " We Shall Overcome " is perhaps the best-known example of political folk musicin this case a rallying-cry for the US Civil Rights Movement. Pete Seeger was involved in the popularisation of the song, as was Joan Baez.
Each genre includes a complex of subdivisions and is associated with a specific cultural function, social context, and historical period.
Despite these distinguishing factors, the various genres exist as part of a musical continuum of African origin. The secular and sacred forms share musical features, demonstrating that the two spheres are complementary rather than oppositional.
The web of African-American musical genres is a product of interactions between people of African descent and various environmental forces in North America.
The African-American music tradition documents the ways African Americans reconciled their dual national identity and forged a meaningful life in a foreign environment, first as slaves and later as second-class citizens.
African Culture in America When Africans arrived as slaves in America, they brought a culture endowed with many traditions foreign to their European captors. Their rituals for worshiping African gods and celebrating ancestors, death, and holidays, for example, displayed features uncommon to Western culture.
Most noticeable among African practices was the prominent tie of music and movement. The description of a ritual for a dying woman, recorded by the daughter of a Virginia planter in her Plantation Reminiscences n. Several days before her death … [h]er room was crowded with Negroes who had come to perform their religious rites around the death bed.
Joining hands they performed a savage dance, shouting wildly around her bed. Although [Aunt Fanny was] an intelligent woman, she seemed to cling to the superstitions of her race. After the savage dance and rites were over … I went, and said to her: For some slaves, particularly those who were in constant contact with whites through work and leisure activities, such was the case.
The majority of slaves, however, systematically resisted cultural imprisonment by reinterpreting European traditions through an African lens.
James Eights, an observer of this celebration in the late s, noted that the principal instrument accompanying the dancing was an eel-pot drum. This kettle-shaped drum consisted of a wide, single head covered with sheepskin. Over the rhythms the drummer repeated "hi-a-bomba, bomba, bomba.
Merrily now the dance moved on, and briskly twirled the lads and lasses over the well trampled green sward; loud and more quickly swelled the sounds of music to the ear, as the excited movements increased in energy and action.
Eights , reprinted in Southernpp. Relegated to the status of slaves in America, Africans continued to perform songs of the past. They also created new musical forms and reinterpreted those of European cultures using the vocabulary, idiom, and aesthetic principles of African traditions.
The earliest indigenous musical form created within the American context was known as the Negro spiritual. The Evolution of Negro Spirituals The original form of the Negro spiritual emerged at the turn of the nineteenth century.
When missionaries introduced blacks to Christianity in systematic fashion c. Negro spirituals, therefore, symbolize a unique religious expression, a black cultural identity and worldview that is illustrated in the religious and secular meanings that spirituals often held—a feature often referred to as double entendre.
For example, a spiritual such as the one cited below could have been sung by slaves to organize clandestine meetings and plan escapes: The text of this song provided instructions for slaves to escape from bondage:Hip Hop music originated in New York the late s in.
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