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 Broadway in 1921, running for 504 performances – an unusually long run during that decade. Written, staged, and performed entirely […]

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 jazz, and synthesizers. Synthesizers are computer based beats and instrumentalist sounds. Interestingly enough, techno was created by three African American […]

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, and string sections, horns, electric piano, synthesizers, and electric rhythm guitars. Lead guitar features less frequently in disco than in […]

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 rooted in the rich traditions of the African-American church. During the late 1800s, African-American churches in the southern United States […]

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 the early to mid-1940s in the United States. The songs are characterized by a fast tempo, complex chord progressions with […]

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 one of the first that genres that created the syncopations of tunes and syncopated marches. The melody was very fast […]

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 highly celebrated and full of many catchy songs, was a horrible time for black people. Black men especially, due to […]

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 was honored by the Library of Congress. There multiple styles of Quartets that exist: University Jubilee Quartets, Minstrel Jubilee Quartets, […]

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 meet for Christian services only? Listen to some negro spirituals like, “Sweet Honey in the Rock” by Motherless Child or […]

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 orchestras play acted as almost a rebellion. It came as no surprise that black female artists had to fight for […]

Folk Music Article Review

My Thoughts on This Article 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 orchestras play acted as almost a rebellion. It came as no surprise that black female […]