As far as this blogger is concerned, at least 50% or more of all American music has it's roots in Africa. This video contains but a tiny sampling of the music that was created by Africans born in America. I'm thinking of the many musical styles that were created which influenced the mainstream, as well as the so-called classical and other ethnic music that African-Americans put personal their stamp on. We should not forget that lyrical portion of Black music, which accounts for much of American literature, whether or not it's acknowledged by the mainstream. I'm not even going to go into the related dances that were often created in tandem with this music.
I hope to see in the future, even more interest and activity put into African-American Music Appreciation Month with the end of having people recognize the true extent of the artistic talent and acknowledgment of the great body of work, of Africans born in America.