Folk Secular Music

Folk Secular Music History History Previous Next Folk Secular Music was cultivated for the purpose of creating a bridge between the roots of African Americans’ history of when they were free in Africa to when they became enslaved. Before slavery, individuals used folk music as a means of passing time or rhythmic exercises. A variety […]

Musiq SOULchild

Thesis Musiq Soulchild is a male artist who has made various projects that have truly implemented the concept of soul into his music. In this post, the career of Musiq Soulchild as well as the impact of R&B/soul has played in his upbringing.  Aijuswanaseing Musiq Soulchild was born as Taalib Johnson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He […]

Love Come Down: Evelyn “Champagne” King

Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King is one of the few disco artists that survived the post-disco period and made a very safe transition to the 80s. In this post, we will discuss Evelyn “Champagne” King’s career and the sound of disco.  Bop Bop Bop To The Top Disco was made during the dance music period of 1970s […]

My Life: As Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige has been an entertainer for decades. Her career has ranged from starring in movies, producing music and participating in televison shows. In this artist post, we will discuss the ways in which Mary J. Blige’s career was influenced by her childhood and how she continues to play an essential role in the […]

The Revitalization of Music Through the Jubilee Quartets

In The Beginning Music began as a mode of communication and self-expression and as time continues to progress, it becomes a more revitalized form of art. The Fisk Jubilee Singers is a choir that originated at Fisk University which went on to perform melodies at varieties of venues in the United States as well as […]

Melodies From Heaven

Gospel has changed over the last few decades. Various artists are discovering and creating new sounds to use for gospel music. In this post, we will discuss the different types of gospel music and how the sounds have changed over time.  The Waves of Gospel Gospel used to be considered the preaching of sermons. As […]

Duke Ellington – One of the Most Profound Jazz Artist of Black History

Jazz Hands Jazz music came to be made in the early 1920s. It is composed of syncopation, improvisation and rhythmic propulsiveness. It is predominantly based on the musical inclination of instruments rather than vocal synchronization amongst one or more instruments. The concept of call and response is incorporated into the jazz sets through the use […]

Ma Rainey: The Mother of Blues

The History of Blues Blues was made as a combination of the following genres: Jazz, Ragtime, Secular folk and Gospel music. It was created as a style of music that explains emotions through improvisation, melodies, instrumental technique and lyrics. Blues was used to illustrate stories that the audience would depict with their ears and minds. […]

The Black Church

The Black Church: Negro Spirituals Essence Testify! Personally, I grew up all 20 years of my life surrounded by church members. My grandfather is a pastor as my godfather is a pastor as well. My parents are prominent members of the church as well. Growing up in a black Pentecostal, I was able to hear […]