Origin Techno originated in the mid 1980’s in Detroit, Michigan. Using a computerized sound, techno is usually associated with dance music in clubs. In this era, technology was growing and advancing quickly and musicians realized that it could complete the task of many artists and musicians without the trouble of actual having them around. As […]

It’s Time To Get Funky

The Beginning of Funk Party music, later referred to as Funk, became popular in the 70’s although emerged in the late 1960’s. Using elements from jazz, soul, rhythm and blues, Funk is an urban form of dance music. The intertwining of many different instruments in order to create a hypnotic beat is what gives Funk […]

Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers

History of R&B Rhythm and Blues, named R&B after World War II, started in cities in New York and Washington DC, Chicago, and New Jersey. Continued segregation within these cities, and other parts of the world, caused black to create their own secular culture of music. Used to replace race music, a termed used to […]

Gospel: Then and Now

Gospel Compare and Contrast To start off with the most obvious observation, both songs, “Going Up Yonder” by Walter Hawkins and The Love Center Choir in 1975 and “God In Me” by Mary Mary in 2009, are songs of gospel and were created to spiritually uplift the church, inspire its people, and give praise […]

Black n’ Blues

Let’s get into the Blues Years following the end of the slavery epidemic in America, the music genre, Blues, began to boom. African Americans, no longer enslaved, took on a new form of oppression through segregation. In addition to that, most blacks did not know any other skills other than physical labor and worked as […]

Billie Holiday, a Jazz mastermind.

African-American Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with its roots being blues and ragtime. New Orleans was the perfect city for Jazz due to it being a port city. It was a meeting place for people of different ethnic groups […]

The Birmingham Sunlights

The Birmingham Sunlights consist of five members, James Taylor, Wayne Williams, Bill Graves, Steve Taylor and Barry Taylor. Adopting their quartet-style from Alabama’s Jefferson County region, the Birmingham Sunlights, a five-man quartet was formed in 1978 by music director James Alex Taylor and his siblings. Growing up in a music family and singing a cappella in the […]

The spirit of Negros, displayed through Music.

Where did Negro Spirituals originate? Dating back to slavery years in the United States, from the 1600’s through the 1870’s, African-American spirituals, also known as Negro spirituals, connect strongly to the historical and personal experience of enslaved and oppressed people. This specific genre arose from the brutality of slavery, preserved African culture and the introduction […]

Folk Music: Juba this, Juba that

Origin Folk music, often melancholy, told the story of plight of Africans who were indeed disadvantaged slaves. Often referred to as the music of the lower class, folk music was transmitted by word word of mouth in a traditional form. Brought from homelands in Africa and across the sea on slave ships to the Americas, […]