What is Funk?

Funk originated in the mid-1960’s by African American people. It is a mixture of soul, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Some characteristics of Funk music include rhythm and tempo, harmony, vocals, electric guitar, and keyboards. Costumes were also a major part of Funk music. There are many different types of Funk, including Synth funk and […]

All About Hip-Hop

Hip Hop originally formed in the 1970’s in Bronx, New York. Youth at the time were the mainstream performers of Hip Hop music. It did not become popular until the late 1970’s, specifically, 1979. It was first started being played in clubs and block parties and upcoming rappers would have rap battles in parks or […]

Black People and Musicals

Before black people started to perform in musicals, they were mocked by white performers and the shows were called “coon songs”. In 1898, Will Marion Cook and Bob Cole made the first black written playwright on broadway. In 1915, Scott Joplin, ragtime composer, tried to produce a Broadway show but it failed because of financial […]

Gospel History

Gospel music originated in the early 20th century. Gospel music has roots in blues and spiritual music. Some spiritual songs had hidden messages in them and were used by slaves to spread messages. Gospel songs focused on biblical roots and themes and was a way to integrate gospel culture in the church and worship services. […]

Techno Music

Techno music emerged in the mid to late 1980s in Detroit. It was a mix of African American styles of music like Chicago house, funk, jazz, and electro. Techno was developed by four main people, Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, and Eddie Fowlkes. Original techno music came from funk and soul roots. Detriot has […]

Disco Madness

Disco originally started in the 1940s as the word “Discotheque”. In France, Bebop, jitterbug, and other dance genres were banned by the Nazis. People who were in resistance met in underground clubs called “discotheque”, hence the name disco. The music that was played was American swing music. Discotheque became a popular trend in Europe and […]

Faith Evans: More than just “Biggies Wife”

Early Life  Faith Evans was born June 10th, 1973 in Lakeland, Florida and raised in Newark, New Jersey. Her mother is black while there have been rumors that her father is Italian or white. Her mother, Helene Evans, was a professional singer and her father was a musician. Helene, her mother was 18 years old […]

Ready for Ragtime

The Ragtime era began in 1896 and lasted until 1920. It was popularized because of sheet music and the beats throughout the music. Regular people played ragtime and it is known taught so that people can learn how to play it. The main instrument used in ragtime was piano. Swing was known as a early […]

Jubilee Quartets

Jubilee Quartets  started in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. The money made from the performances would be used to fund historically black colleges and universities. The first jubilee quartet was started at Fisk University  and they were called the “Fisk Jubilee Singers” There were many different types of Jubilee Quartets. Here are […]

What About the Blues?

Originally blues came from the genre of folk music. The blues revival came during the 1960’s when popular African American musicians became more relevant in the music industry. Women in Blues sung about two main things sex and sadness. Blues was later made into dance music so that musicians and singers could makes profit. There […]

Negro Spiritual Post

Negro spirituals were composed and sung by African slaves. It is usually sung in call and response were there was a singer leading the song and a choir would respond. Negro spiritual is the largest and most known type of folk song until it became out played in 1865 with the abolishment of slavery. However […]

Marian Anderson and Florence B. Price Article Review- Amari Davis

The title of the article is “When will we listen to black women?” This is very creative as a title because it sets the mood for what the article will be about. Yes, Marian Anderson and Florence B. Price are the main focus in the article, but it also sheds light on the movements black […]

Folk Music- Amari Davis

Article Review and Critique Summary of Article: The author starts off with a paragraph on what Folk music is. It is stated in the article that Folk music is the root of all American music, and was the first type of music created by black people. Which is surprising new information because most people believe […]