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The African-American Influence
The African-American influence on American music is immense. Most Africans came to the United States against their will, to work as slaves, primarily in the south. Cultures were shattered, families broken up, but the rich African tradition of music survived and thrived. In America, these people reached into a mixture of African rhythms, harmonies, and musical subtleties and combined them with European music to create brilliant new musical forms, which themselves became traditions. Nearly every branch of American music owes some rhythmic or harmonic debt to African-American music.
Three major currents of African-American music show the greatest influence.
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