Aesthestic- A branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of art, beauty, and taste, with the creation and appreciation of beauty.
Retention- The continued possession, use, or control of something.
Antecedents- A thing or event that existed before or logically precedes another.
Syncretism- The merging of different inflectional varieties of a word during the development of a language.
Survivals- A cultural phenomena that outlive the set of conditions under which they developed.
Worksong- A piece of music closely connected to a specific form of work, either sung while conducting a task or a song linked to a task or trade which might be a connected narrative, description, or protest song.
Chants- A short, simple series of syllables or words that are sung on or intoned to the same note or a limited range of notes.
Blues Tonality- A blue note is a note sung or played at a slightly lower pitch than that of the major scale for expressive purposes.
Call and Response- A succession of two distinct phrases usually played by different musicians, where the second phrase is heard as a direct commentary on or response to the first. It corresponds to the call-and-response pattern in human communication and is found as a basic element of musical form.
Swing- A type of popular dance music developed about 1935 and based on jazz but employing a larger band, less improvisation, and simpler harmonic and rhythmic patterns.
Syncopation- A shift of accent in a passage or composition that occurs when a normally weak beat is stressed.
Backbeat- A syncopated accentuation on the "off" beat.
Orality- The use of speech, rather than writing, as a means of communication, especially in communities where the tools of literacy are unfamiliar to the majority of the population.
Functionality- The purpose that something is designed or expected to fulfill.
Cross fertilization- Interchange or interaction (as between different ideas, cultures, or categories)...