Author: Amarah Gray

Black Musical Theater

Shuffle Along is a musical with music and lyrics by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, and a thin revue-style connecting plot about the mayoral race, written by Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles. The piece premiered on

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Technoooooo

Techno music was developed in the heart of Detroit, Michigan in 1980. It is a genre of electronic dance music. It was a combination of African American music styling, with inspirations from Chicago, funk, electric

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Disco My Dude

Five Star Disco  5/5 Disco is a genre of dance music and a subculture that emerged in the 1970s from the United States’ urban nightlife scene.The disco sound is typified by “four-on-the-floor”beats, syncopated bass-lines,

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Gospel

Gospel music is one of the most recognizable genres of music within African-American culture. Gospel has strong roots in our history and the deep connection and soul that came with worshiping. Gospel music is deeply

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Jazzy Jazz

Traditional, classical, and early jazz began in New Orleans, Louisiana. There are many subgenera of jazz: bebop, free jazz, cool jazz, jazz fusion, and modal jazz. BeBop Jazz is a style of jazz developed in

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The History of Ragtime

What is Ragtime was a genre that originated in the late 19th around 1896 and began to decline in popularity in the 1920s. The style has its origins in cities such as St. Louis. Ragtime was

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The Blues My Brother!

The 1930s to the 1940s were an alive time thanks to the creation of Blues music. This particular genre of music was founded in the Mississippi Delta. Personally, I believe Blues music, although it is

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Jubilee Quartet

The Jubilee Quartet period began in 1880 after the American Civil War, one of the more recognized quartets are The Fisk Jubilee Singers. One of their more popular songs is “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” which

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The Real Tea about Negro Spirituals

Have you ever wondered how black people reflected about slavery? About being kidnapped from their homes and forced into slavery in a New World. Working in houses and on plantations while also, only being allowed to

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Marian Anderson Article Review

I really loved reading this article because I was unaware of how some composers used negro spirituals as an influence for their pieces. To me, this infusion of negro spirituals into compositions that mainly white

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