Music is Fluid

In this class I learned that all of the music we listen to regardless of genre is influenced by African American culture. White people tried to change it to profit and become the face of it. I also realized that Black music signifies the struggles and triumphs that we have overcome as a people. Every […]

Getting Funky

[embedyt][/embedyt] Funk was born from the influence of many genres: jazz, R&B, soul, and African grooves. It existed in an early form in New Orleans since the 1960s. James Brown had a successful career as a soul singer, it was his rigorous focus on live performance that led to his development of what became […]

Black and Proud

Soul was originated by African Americans in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It combines elements of African-American gospel music, R&B and jazz. Soul became popular for dancing and listening in the US, where record labels such as Motown, Atlantic and Stax were heavily influenced during the Civil Rights Movement. In involved catchy rhythms, stressed […]

Impact of R&B

Rhythm and Blues genre originated in the 1940s. The term R&B was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African Americans and replaced the term “race music”. The lyrics often embody the African-American experience of pain and the quest for freedom and joy, as well as triumphs and failures in […]

Hip Hop, Forever Evolving

Hip-hop started off as block party entertainment in New York’s poorest cities, It has grew to become a global phenomenon that dominates the music society and has created an industry that generates hundreds of millions of dollars a year and has changed music culture forever.Hip hop took to the global stage for the first time […]

The Wiz

Project Question 3. Compare the soundtrack of “The Wiz” to that of the original production “The Wizard of Oz”. How have the musical themes and performance style been altered to reflect African American musical and cultural values? The Wizard of Oz sound was very classical music based. The Wiz incorporated jazz and soul into the […]

Gospel in the 80s

Gospel music is a form of worship to Jesus Christ. What differs gospel from negro spirituals is the instruments used. Gospel music consists of rhythms typically from organs, pianos and percussion instruments. Hence the use of these instruments played in church. In the 80s artist like Shirley Caesar, Bebe Winans, Aretha Franklin, and Yolanda Adams […]

From Griots to Blues

The origins of the blues takes place in the 1890s in Deep South. The styles of the blues has been linked to griots. Griots were West African music specialist who were responsible for passing down the cultural history. Musicians specialized the technique by using slide or bottleneck in which they slide a metal bar across […]

Commodification in Blues

Blues music although originated by African Americans became popularized by European groups who adapted the techniques of the Delta Blues musicians. White artists and groups like The Beatles, Elvis, The Zombies and The Animals became popular and started creating blues records that were heard globally.  They stole the profits of the black musicians who started […]


Ragtime music was started in the late 1800s by African Americans in bars, saloons and brothels. These were the only places at the time that allowed African Americans to perform. Ragtime music consisted of ragging  which were embellished melodies. African American ragtime musicians did not plain on converting their compositions to be printed and sold. […]

Jubilee Quartets

African American Quartets originated in the mid 1800s. They expressed cultural values of the African American community through singing a cappella. An African American quartet id not defined by the number of members but by the number of harmonies. They consisted of a minimum of four people, typically men, but not over six people. From […]

Let’s Talk About Spiritual Music

A Langham and McCants Collaboration Spiritual music was used by slaves as a way to praise God. They were sung in the Invisible Church in secret so they were about to worship freely without white supervision. Many of the songs contained underlying double meanings also known as double entendre. It was evident that the slaves […]

Alyssa McCants’ IME

Hi, my name is Alyssa McCants. I am a sophomore, economics major with a minor in management and organization. I am from White Plains, NY in Westchester County which is located near The Bronx. My mindset for this year is to see improvement academically and socially. I want to exceed all the standards I set […]