93rd Annual Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol Concert

93rd Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol The 93rd Annual Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol Concert was an amazing production. This is my first year attending and the diversity of the song selection was absolutely incredible. I enjoyed listening to the classic Christmas songs and then being exposed to songs of different cultures, such as Ave Maria, performed by Spelman […]

Musical Theater

Musical Theater The first shows were Black people were represented through black face in the 1890s. This was a widely used technique for people to get exposure, which is displayed in Bert Williams and George Walker’s careers. They were both African Americans that performed as racist caricatures and called themselves the Two Real Coons and […]

Disco Ballll

Are you ready to Discooo Babyyyy Disco is more than a genre, for many it was a lifestyle that emerged in the late 60’s and the 70’s.  It is a mix between soul, funk, pop, and EDM. It was also displayed as vibrant colors, music, and dance culture. The lifestyle of the music was to […]

All About That Techno

All ABout That Technooo Techno is one of the genres that I find to be the most interesting. Emerging from Detroit in the 80’s, techno music was a fusion of Chicago house, electric jazz, and funk. The music is composed of sounds made on computers. The sounds resemble electronic sounds with futuristic visions and vibes. […]

Hip Hop Hippity Hop

Hip Hop Hippity Hop Currently, Hip Hop is one of the most popular genres and has a long, deep-rooted history. Hip Hop made a comeback in the middle of the 70s. There are so many types and elements of hip hop, inlcuding rapping, djing, mcing, and dancing. They are all forms of art that people […]

Its Time to Get FunkyFunky

Its Time to Get FunkyFunky Funk was inspired by R&B and jazz music. The genre became popular during the 60’s and was a form of dance music with a upbeat and syncopated sound. The sound of Funk usually makes and emphasis on the rhythm of one, the first beat. This kind of sound was populated […]

“Ima Classic Man”

“Ima Classic Man” Classical music is a genre or style of music that did not originate from black people, but grew in appreciation and contribution to the field by black people over time. Black people became more integrated in society in academics, culture, and music. They were finally able to learn professionally in college. Classical […]

God is Good, All the Time

God is Good, All the Time Gospel music began to gain popularity in the 1930s. Following emancipation, African American composers wrote songs that focused on biblical themes and spirituals. African American communities migrated from rural to urban areas, bringing their worship with them. The shift from spiritual to Gospel was easily identifiable in songs recorded […]

Time to Jazz

Time to Jazz Jazz music developed in New Orleans, Louisiana in the early 20th century. The population of the city was the most diverse if the South, with indiviuals being roots in African, French, Italian, German, Mexican, American Indian, Carribean, and English. Jazz emerged from the blending of multiple genres such as ragtime and blues. […]

Jekalyn Carr

Biography Jekalyn Carr was born April 22, 1997 to Jennifer and Allen Carr. Carr group up in West Memphis, Arkansas with a brother, Allen Jr., and a sister, Allundria. Carr was raised in the church began singing when she was only 5 years old and continued to improve her skills without any proper training. She […]

Jubilee Quartet

The period where jubilee occurred was between the lat 19th and 20th century and it was used to finance universities and colleges during hardships. Fisk University was the first to develop a quartet and they were known as the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Other universities took note of this and formed their own jubilees, which explains […]

Ragtime

Ragtime is a genre of musical composition for the piano, generally in duple meter and containing a highly syncopated treble lead over a rhythmically steady bass. The composition is usually composed of 3 or 4 contrasting sections with each one being 16 or 32 measures. The genre was most popular between 1896-1920 and is commonly […]

Negro Spirituals

Origin Negro spirituals were songs created by slaves to express what they were going through and their Christian values. They were often reffered to as hymn by European observers, which they distinctly were not.  They started with slavery. Africans were kidnapped from their homes and forced into slavery in a New World. They worked on […]

Color Me Blue

Background The Blues were heavily influenced by the struggles of Black people, both socially and economically. White people in America still held power and instilled the Jim Crow laws, along with many other racial resistance such as lynching, segregation, loss of jobs to immigrants, and the lack of voting rights. Black people had come to […]

Folk Music

A Critique of “Folk Music- The Beginning”             The Folk Music post by Jordann Ford was a great introduction. The post gives you a great starter foundation to the vocabulary that is generally used when referring to folk music. Some common terms are call and response, djembe, patten juba, banjo, ring shout, work songs, and […]