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The meaning of folk music | Off Kilter


Last updated 5/26/2020 at 2:11pm

I’ve written about music before. This week I thought I’d look into folk music. Sometimes folk music was music transmitted orally, music with unknown composers, or music performed by custom over a long period of time. The term originated in the 19th century.

When one talks about folk music – one has to include all the tribal music that was sung in many early cultures – including Native American and Music of Africa. In these primitive cultures, the tribes would have folk music for many occasions. They might include songs to make it rain (for growing crops), fertility dances, music if...

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