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Thread #60238   Message #964667
Posted By: NicoleC
09-Jun-03 - 03:01 PM
Thread Name: Folk Music Dying?
Subject: RE: Folk Music Dying?
I guess that depends on whether you think "folk music" is music made by people, or whether folk music is a set of specific old songs written by dead people.

If you don't allow the concept that folk is an evolving process, then, yes, FOLK music will die, although some traditional tunes will survive in the hands of a few musical historians. Do you want kids to make music, or memorize a few old songs?

Rap music is as evocative and expressive of a lifestyle and set of urban culture as are the slave spirituals. Both were originally developed and performed by people who tended to have little in the way of formal music training and simply made the music that expressed their lives. The only difference is that today it can be packaged and commercialized in a matter of days.