Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill   Lauryn Noelle Hill was born on May 26 1975 in South Orange, New Jersey. She is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actress. She is known for being a member of the Fugees and for her critically acclaimed solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won numerous awards and broke several […]


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Hip-hop music is a genre that boiled over into a particular movement and culture. Founded in the South Bronx, this genre consists of stylized rhythmic music that accompanies rapping.  Kool Herc and legendary DJ Africa Bambaataa are known as the founders of hip-hop. Hip-hop culture became internationally recognized in the ‘70s. Its main components are […]

What makes it Funk(y)?

Funk is known as the most primal form of R&B. It was also the least structured, often stretching out into extended jams, and the most “Africanized” built on dynamic. The groove was the most important musical element of funk and all the instruments of the ensemble played off of one another to create it. Deep […]


Techno, electronic house music (EDM) began in Detroit in the 1980s and became popular globally in the 1990s. EDM still had explicit connection to disco even when it was entirely mechanical, techno was strictly electronic music, designed for a small audience who had a specific taste. Kraftwerk’s Teutonic electro pop influenced producers and DJs—Kevin Saunderson, […]

What Soul?

This genre was popular in the 1960’s. Soul music was the result of the urbanization and commercialization of rhythm and blues in the early 60s. Soul came to describe a number of R&B based music styles. During the first part of the 60s, soul music remained close to its R&B roots. However, musicians pushed the music […]


Rhythm and blues (R&B) became popular after World War II and this genre combines strong background beat with soulful singing. Surging employment rates accelerated in urban cities encouraged the rural poor to migrate to urban cities which created and urban black audience. Early band artists broke away and small groups became popular as well as […]

The Role of Jazz Music

Jazz music is a music genre that developed in the late 19th and early 20th century in New Orleans, Louisiana. By the early 19th Century, the U.S. was home to half a million African slaves, who had origins in the greater Congo River basin and West Africa. With them, they brought their musical traditions to […]

Is Classic Music Classist and Racist?

Classical Music is a style of music based on the long- established principles of composition. It is a style of music composed during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This period is marked by the establishment of European traditions and composers such as Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart. Classical Music is also characterized by symphony, […]

Jubilee Quartets

Jubilee quartets became a popular religious musical movement in the first half of the 20th century. This genre started in the mid 1800’s by African-American university singing groups. Is consisted of mostly men and the earliest a cappella vocal groups were originally known as jubilee quartets because of the nature and characteristics of the performance. […]

The History of Negro Spirituals and Folk Music

The History of Negro spirituals and Folk music by Kalia Simms and Betanya Mahary  Negro Spirituals – Negro Spirituals are religious songs created by black slaves. Spiritual songs are generally composed of European and African musical elements. Slaves were forced to attend church services and through the songs, they would sing their conditions. The words […]