Spelman-Morehouse Annual Christmas Carol

The Christmas carol production that is put on annually by the spelman and Morehouse glee clubs is a wonderful way to end the semester off. The singing and harmonizing of both clubs makes for a joyful experience. This was my first Christmas concert at spelman and I enjoyed the assortment of songs that were performed […]

Musical Theatre

Play Musical Theatre 1800s-Now Origin Black musical theatre originated in New York city during the late 1800s. Black people were represented in plays by using blackface. Blackface was a way to degrade blacks people and exclude them from theatre. Musical theatre involves both singing and acting in front of an audience. Dahomey was the first […]

Hip Hop

Hip Hop Hip Hop originated in The Bronx during the 1970s. Hip Hop gained popularity in the 1979 from being played at block parties and clubs. Hip Hop songs were made on two turntables by taking famous songs and making a break in the song. Hip hop transformed music and would bring black people modern […]

Funk

Buy a Pass Funk Origin Funk was created by African Americans in the mid 1960s. Jazz is a combination of jazz, RnB, and blues. When performing or dancing to funk people often dressed in costumes. Genres of funk include synth funk and Jazz funk. Famous Artists Prince James Brown Earth Wind and Fire Zapp George […]

Techno

Techno 1980s Detroit Origin Techno began in Detroit in the 1980s as an underground music genre. It is a combination of Chicago house, funk, and electronic jazz. Techno is a genre that is not composed of live bands but by sound engineers and computers. Now Techno music is synonymous with white people because like many […]

Disco

Disco 1970-1980 History Of Disco 1970-1980 Originated in NYC Disco was not only a genre but a movement that liberated individuals. Disco songs were played in clubs on records instead of having a live band. Disco Music consists of uptempo rhythms and beats. Disco Music main Audience was African Americans, Latinos, and gay dancers.  Disco […]

Gospel

Gospel 1920-Present Gospel Gospel Music rose from the influence of Jubilee Quartets. Gospel is a sacred genre of music that is a devotional to God. Gospel has notes of blues and jazz infused into. The father of Gospel is Thomas A. Dorsey. Gospel Emerged in urban centers like Chicago, New York, L.A., and Detroit.  Gospel […]

Jazz

Jazz Jazz is a genre of music founded by African Americans that grew from ragtime bands and adopt the ragtime form of syncopations.  Characteristics of Jazz Jazz music is alive and and possessed its own spirit and every. Jazz was meant to be improvised and could be changed based on the feelings of the musicians. […]

Ragtime

RagTime by: Elinam Anyidoho Ragtime Ragtime lasted from the years 1896-1920. Post slavery black musicians could only play in bars and brothels, therefore ragtime became popularized there. The basis of creating a ragtime song was a syncopation, which is a temporary disruption in the regular rhythm of a song. Ragtime soon became another means for […]

Blues

Blues How did it start? Blues became commercialized 1914. Prior to that it started as work songs that would be created while black people were at work doing hard jobs such as working on railroads. They would make beats out of their work materials.Blues was constructed from church as well. The Call-Response that places its […]

Jubilee Quartet

m jubilee quartets jubilee 1880-1929 transitional 1930-1945 Gospel 1946-1969 Create Your Own Playlist Jubilee Quartets Jubilee Quartets got their start in the late 1800s and lasted until the mid 1900s. Jubilee Quartets first started as a way for black colleges to raise funds for their schools. Learn More ? Click edit button to change this […]

Negro Spirituals

Negro Spirituals was a religious category of music created by African Americans that were slaves. Negro Spirituals had a somber tone, and often talked about going to heaven. This is because it was a way for the slaves to feel comforted knowing that their pain was temporary, and they would be rewarded in the after […]

Lift Every Voice: Marian Anderson, Florence B. Price And The Sound Of Black Sisterhood

Throughout history black women have started powerful movements although they often do not get the recognition or platform for their work. Marian Anderson was an important figure for the liberation of black women in the United States. She performed her songs as acts of protests toward the treatment of black women. Marian Anderson would also […]

Folk

by: elinam anyidoho Folk Music was exposed to black people early on in the history of music. It has its origins in Africa and was diffused into African American culture through the slave trade. I am from Ghana and i remember the folk tales and songs my grandfather used to tell me about our history […]