Bruno Mars- Artist Project Outline

By Christine Bynum SMUS-240- 04 Bruno Mars “Born Peter Gene Hernandez on October 8, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii, singer-songwriter Bruno Mars grew up in a very musical family. His father, Pete, was a Latin percussionist from Brooklyn, and his mother, Bernadette (“Bernie”), was a singer. Mars received his nickname, “Bruno,” while he was still a […]

Summer of Soul

Christine Bynum Smus-240-06 Summer of soul is a documentary that covered festivals held in Harlem, New York, that celebrated African-American music and trends in 1969. Over 300,000 people attended the six-week festival, held in Mount Morris Park. It sought to include many different genres of African-American music such as gospel, funk, soul, R&B, and many […]

“Record Row” The Height of Black entrepreneurship

Christine Bynum SMU What, Where, and why was “Record Row”?Record row was located on Michigan Ave in Chicago. It was the center of inspiration for Black music between the 1950s and 1970. It was filled with bars, shops, and many black-owned record labels. It was the first real opportunity where Black artists could perform regularly […]

The King of Pop: Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars “Bruno Mars,” born as Peter Gene Hernandez, on October 8th, 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii, into a very musically talented family. Pete, his father, was a Latin percussionist from Brooklyn, New York, while his mother Bernadette was a seasoned singer. Bruno Mars received the nickname “Bruno” as a young child. In an interview, his […]

1930s-40s History of Jazz

By Christine Bynum SMUS-240- During the 1930s and 1940s, towards the end of the great depression, jazz was born. Jazz was born in New Orleans, on the congo square, where slaves and free Blacks could freely practice music. Jazz began as a fusion of ragtime, and blues, with an upbeat and lively rhythm, that encouraged […]

Common Artist: Bruno Mars

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African-American Music History- Christine Bynum

Music has remained a staple in the African-American community, from the moment Africans were transported to America up to the modern-day. Music was a way and still is a way to bring together the community and establish a sense of culture when everything was taken away from the African Slaves, and Black people. They created […]