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ethnic music

Definitions of ethnic music
  1. noun
    the traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community
    synonyms: folk, folk music
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    folk ballad, folk song, folksong
    a song that is traditionally sung by the common people of a region and forms part of their culture
    schottische
    music performed for dancing the schottische
    C and W, country and western, country music
    a simple style of folk music heard mostly in the southern United States; usually played on stringed instruments
    gospel, gospel singing
    folk music consisting of a genre of a cappella music originating with Black slaves in the United States and featuring call and response; influential on the development of other genres of popular music (especially soul)
    square-dance music
    music performed for square dancing
    blues
    a type of folksong that originated among Black Americans at the beginning of the 20th century; has a melancholy sound from repeated use of blue notes
    fado
    a sad Portuguese folksong
    doo-wop
    a genre (usually a cappella) of Black vocal-harmony music of the 1950s that evolved in New York City from gospel singing; characterized by close four-part harmonies; the name derived from some of the nonsense syllables sung by the backup
    soul
    a secular form of gospel that was a major Black musical genre in the 1960s and 1970s
    bluegrass
    a type of country music played at a rapid tempo on banjos and guitars
    hillbilly music
    country music originating in mountainous regions of southern United States
    zydeco
    music of southern Louisiana that combines French dance melodies with Caribbean music and blues
    type of:
    popular music, popular music genre
    any genre of music having wide appeal (but usually only for a short time)
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