Gospel Music (Correct)

Gospel Music Early Roots Gospel music is a genre that grew out of jubilee quartets. It can be defined as a sacred music, about God or Jesus Christ, that consisted of a sophisticated call and response that originated in west Africa. The father of Gospel music is said to be Thomas Dorsey and he was […]

Hip Hop Hooray!

Hooray! Hip Hop Roots Hip Hop can be traced as far back as the late 1970s. The genre was born from rhythmic speaking on top of a beat rather than singing on top of a beat. Hip Hop roots were in the Bronx, New York and even Brooklyn. It was gaining its early start in […]

A Musical Theater Post

MUSICAL THEATER What is musical theater? Well, from the title of the genre, one can say that it is theater with music in it, or you can say that it is music with theater in it. However, most people will go with the first option. It started out in the early 20th century as has […]

All About Techno

All About Techno Techno, or Detroit techno originated in the midwest, specifically in Detroit, Michigan in the 1980s. It was mainly started by three black men whose names were Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins, and Derrick May. They called themselves the Belleville 3! Techno music is exactly  means exactly what you probably think it means. It’s […]

Now It’s Time to Get Funky

Now It’s Time to Get Funky Funk music, like most musical genres came from black people. It is easily recognizable from heavy bass lines and instrumentation to act as syncopation. Funk is not only the name of the genre, but it’s a feeling – otherwise known as funky. It gets its influences from jazz and […]

Ready, set, DISCO!

Ready, Set, DISCO! WHen thinking about or hearing disco, one usually imagines a large disco ball, a club full of dancing people, and of course, disco music! This music started out in the 70s in New York. Disco music gained popularity among young people and the music was widely accepted by the gays. While Disco […]

What Time is it? Ragtime!

What Time Is It? Ragtime! Ragtime is a genre that originated among African American people in the midwest and was most popular during the years of 1896 to 1920. Though this was post emancipation, black people were still not in an optimal place. Many Black people in the south were still on the same property […]

Gospel Music

Gospel Music Early Roots       Gospel music is a genre that grew out of jubilee quartets. It can be defined as a sacred music, about God or Jesus Christ, that consisted of a sophisticated call and response that originated in west Africa. The father of Gospel music is said to be Thomas Dorsey and […]

Jazz Music and its Association with Black Intellectualism

Jazz Music Jazz Music History and Early Roots      Jazz music was just starting out in the late 1800s and early 1900s with a popular early artist named Buddy Golden. This kind of music has its roots in New Orleans, where the art form was created. New Orleans, or NOLA as many people like […]

Negro Spiritual Post by Faith Shannon

Negro Spirituals A Review of: A Unique and Symbolic Thread in African American Culture      Everything that we have learned so far about Negro Spirituals aligns perfectly with this article, while giving a little extra context. From its roots in the 1860s (around 1865), negro spirituals have been used to unite black people. Although […]

The Empress of Blues: Lyrical Analysis

Bessie Smith: The Empress of Blues Bessie Smith When we think of the Blues genre, we usually think of male singers such as B. B. King, Muddy Waters, or even Ray Charles. However, some of the first and most successful Blues singers were women. One of those women, Bessie Smith, got her stardom in the […]

Review: Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson The Marian Anderson article was very informative on the experience of black women in the music industry during segregation. Being that we sing My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord in the Glee Club, I felt a special connection to the history of the song. I had no idea who wrote the original […]

A Review of Folk Music: African American Legacy

Being that I was not previously introduced to Black people’s association with folk music, this article was an eye-opener. I appreciated how the videos demonstrated  the different subgenres of folk music that have roots in African and African American history. Although it may not be very prevalent today, I would have liked to see the […]