More Than Music: A Brief Look Into Hip Hop Culture

Hip-hop is more than music. It’s a culture. Originating in the 1970s from inner-city African-American culture, hip-hop has had a lasting effect on the world. This post is a look into some of the history and aspects of Hip-hop but does not cover all of the history. Characteristics of the Genre DJing, Rapping, Break dancing, […]

The History of Techno Music

Origin of the Genre Techno came out of Detroit in the 1980’s as underground dance music and subculture. Techno music took technology and made it a black secret. It came from the melding of black styles including Chicago house, funk, electro, and electric jazz with electronic music. It is built primarily on computers by sound […]

Alix Swann

Why I should not have to take the final I should not have to take the final because I have done all my blog posts as well as attended all of the classes. I have learned a lot in this class and I am now able to talk confidently about the evolution of music forms […]

The History of Disco

Origin of the Genre Disco came out in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It quickly overtook funk as the popular music of the times. Its origins were in New York, then it spread to Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, and other big cities. In the early days, it was not played on the radio even […]

Ben E. King- The Rhythm & Blues of America

Origin of the Genre The history of R&B is one that is similar to the black experience in America, both encompassing many complexities. Emerging from the World War II era, R&B was the name used to replace what was known as “race music,” or any music made by black people. The first stream of R&B […]

Black & Blues -Alix Swann

The Blues came to the United States not even 50 years after slaves were granted their freedom. Sharecropping was very popular in the South after slavery ended, and the work was just as difficult. After slavery, black people still needed a way to express their frustration and melancholy attitudes toward the way they were being […]

Sun Ra: Space Jazz

Born Herman Poole Blount, Sun Ra was a big jazz composer in the Chicago jazz scene in the 1940s. His adopted name, Le Sony’r Ra, comes from Ra, the Egyptian Sun God. He adopted this name to reject his slave name. Sun Ra’s jazz music was very experimental and included free improvisation and electronic elements. […]

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The History of Jazz Music

Origins of the Genre Jazz started coming around in New Orleans, where French, Spanish, Creole, African American, Cuban, and Caribbean populations constantly mixed and shared cultures. In 1894, Jim Crow laws were passed and the Creoles of color were no longer considered white. This meant that they were not allowed to play in the white […]

Intro to Ragtime Video

Intro to Ragtime Video Check out this Intro to Ragtime Video Below! Made by A’Shiah Rachel, Alix Swann, and Makenna Waller.   Video Transcript Welcome Class! Today we are talking about Ragtime. In 1886, pianos were more common in American houses than bathtubs were. This time period of heavy piano playing influenced African American instrumental […]

The Tuskegee Institute Singers (AKA the Tuskegee Institute Quartet)

Introduction The Tuskegee Institute Singers were created in 1914 as one of the famous University Jubilee style quartets. The first quartet consisted of students Hiram H. Thweatt, John F. McLeMore, Warren Logan, and Robert H. Hamilton. Hamilton led the group and arranged many of their performance pieces. Origin of the Genre Jubilee Quartets rose from […]

Finding the Spirit in Slavery: Negro Spirituals

Origin of the Genre Folk music was created by Africans forcibly brought over to America and enslaved. From folk music came Negro Spirituals. Negro Spirituals were religious songs that were created by enslaved people. They were not allowed to worship in the way they wanted due to restrictions put on their religion by slavemasters. They […]

Straight Outta Africa: Folk Music in the Americas

Origin of the Genre Folk music came during the time of the transatlantic slave trade and is considered the oldest form of African American music. When enslaved people were forced to the Americas, they brought their music with them and adapted it to their new environment. It was passed along through generations orally, and these […]