Folk Music

Folk music or mostly known as traditional music is any mellow that evolved in or during the 20th century. Originally, the term folk music started in the 19th century, but the music itself speaks for the older generations.

The composers of known traditional music are often unknown because of its age and continuous revivals from different parts of the world. Traditional folk music is widely spread through word of mouth. It gradually evolved from the process of custom performance which continued over a certain period of time. Often, traditional folk represents or reflects a certain culture or beliefs.

There are also forms of traditional folk music such as folk revival which is formed at the beginning of the 20th century and became popular folk music. This form of traditional folk music emerged in the ’60s and is also known as contemporary folk music. This, in general, is a subcategory of folk music which separates it from other folk music remixed with other genres such as rock, metal, and electric folk.

Technically, the idea of traditional folk music is relatively close to the concept of folklores which also embodies folk dance and folk songs. Folklores are described as superstitions or customs. Later, traditional folk music also included indigenous music. Until today, folk music has a vague definition as it is always associated with unknown composers and music made to tell a tale about a community of believers.

Traditional folk music is noted to be music with repeated instrumental melodies. It has a short and repeating section and commonly has similar tunes. It is widely appreciated and observed in European regions as well as in Africa, Asia, Australia, and North and South America. The countries in these continents have various and distinctive folk music festivals. Each also has a different style of representing and singing traditional folk music depending on their culture.