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Throughout the history of this country the music of African-Americans has remained a strong influence upon our society and culture Beginning with the music carried over from Africa with the slaves up until now with the new styles created by urban youth today African-Americans have retained certain elements within their music which makes it unique from any other musical form Some of the musical forms which were created from andor were strongly influenced by African musical characteristics are Hymnals Gospel Spirituals Ragtime the blues and RB While many of these musical forms are still popular today amongst Blacks and Non-Blacks jazz and rap are arguably the two most widespread and popular forms of Black music ever created Both forms of music were created by black musicians and are most popular amongst both the younger and the older generations of African-Americans Outside the race jazz has become a medium listened to and performed by people of all ages Rap on the other hand has enjoyed the majority of its popularity within younger circles while its opposition comes mostly from the older generations What older generations need to know is that raphip-hop is a spin-off of jazz Early African-American jazz started a tradition by creating music that talks about the experiences in their lives Jazz is known to have its main influence from ragtime and the street music of New Orleans There were two types of street music from which jazz derived its style these are the string and percussion bands that also sang in small groups to the music they made The other was the brass bands of earlier years which imitated white marching bands adding a twist of African quality The first and most primitive jazz ensembles were called archaic jazz bands These bands retained many of the African characteristics of earlier forms of black music such as spirituals and the blues Sexton 160 The wide assortment of instruments used by blacks was
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