Definition and background:
A term used to describe music of the common people that has been passed on by memorization or repetition rather than by writing, and has deep roots in its own culture. Folk music has an ever-changing and varying nature, and is deeply significant to the members of the culture to which it belongs. generally taken to mean music (also song and dance) that has been transmitted orally within a community for many years before being written down or recorded
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