Disco, Funk, R&B, Soul, and Techno in the Black Community

We got the funk, gotta have that funk! Funk music originated in the 1960s and 70s during the fight for equality, the Civil Rights Movement. Disco came into the scene in the 1970s and incorporated dance into its composition. The genre became most popular in the nightclubs and often involved a disco ball as an […]

Let’s Talk about Hip-Hop

From rapping to break dancing, Hip-Hop is one of the most unique genres to ever grace the death. Originating in the 1960s in New York, African-American communities began to form the sounds of Hip-Hop and quickly embraced our new creation. The genre gained fame throughout the world when the Sugarhill Game debuted their album, Rapper’s […]

Gospel Music of the 80s

Gospel music has been influential in the lives of so many people. Personally, I don’t believe that there is a genre that is more embraced by African-Americans than Gospel. Emerging after the Great Migration and being heavily influenced by Negro Spirituals, the messages incorporated in Gospel music provide hope, joy, and gratitude for all of […]

Florence Price: A Classical Icon

Classical music has often been considered as a genre that consists of predominately-White composers. But, as with most things in life, there were also many great Black composers who did not receive as much acknowledgement as their white counterparts. At a time were racism and sexism were prevalent and measures were taken to ensure that […]

Earth Wind and Fire & Chicago Concert

Earth Wind and Fire, the legendary funk group hailing from Chicago, Illinois, has traveled the world to perform some of their greatest hits. With their varying instruments and vocals, Earth Wind and Fire can be considered one of the most unique groups of all time. In their 2004 performance with Chicago at the Greek Theatre […]

The History of Minstrel Shows- Musical Theater (Book Work)

How did the minstrel show develop? Describe its form, major characteristics, and musical content. When and why did African Americans become minstrels? In what seminal ways did African American and White minstrel performances differ?                                           […]

It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye…

Wow, I can’t believe we’re at the end already. Music has always been important in my life, but this class has deepened my appreciation for it. From the learning the history of each genre to how music has come full circle today as artists recreate some of the world’s most iconic songs, Survey of African-American […]

Commodification of the Blues

The Blues originated in the Mississippi Delta as an expression of the struggles faced by African-Americans in the Deep South. As time went on, the Blues began to spread throughout the United States, gaining acknowledgment from both Blacks and Whites. This could be contributed to the Great Migration, as former slaves and their families began […]

Negro Spirituals- The Songs of Our Ancestors

Negro Spirituals expressed the many experiences of African-Americans during their time of enslavement. Originating during slavery, these spirituals songs, but they were used as a call to other slaves. Thus, one of the characteristics of the genre is call-and-response. The incorporation of singing, clapping, and dancing in these compositions is known as ring shout. As […]

Baby, I’m Feeling Blue

Blues, one of the South’s treasured creations, can be traced back to the Mississippi Delta. Mississippi, a state known for its history of racism and bigotry, is also home to many musicians that have changed the world of music. Birthed in the late 1890s, many elements of the blues incorporated the rituals of Blacks during […]

The Sounds of Bourbon Street

New Orleans, known for it’s Creole culture and festive nature, was the birthplace of jazz music. Originating in the late 19th century/early 20th century, Jazz ultimately was influenced by the preceding ragtime and blues genres. Its emergence came at time when Jim Crow was prevalent and African-Americans began to move to New Orleans, prompting White […]

Is Classical Really Classic?

Classical music is considered one of the most peaceful genres of music. Originating in the mid-1700s in what was considered the Classical period, classical music’s defining characteristics include its soft expressions and melodic tones. The harpsichord was the main instrument of classical music until it was replaced by the piano. When performed by an orchestra, […]

It’s Ragtime!

Ragtime was produced by often illiterate African-Americans in the late 1800s. This music could be found playing in establishments such as bars and saloons. Ragtime was composed on music sheets and its syncopated/ragged rhythm is one its most sensed characteristics. Between beats, musical accents are incorporated and some of the most well-known instruments associated with […]

Jubilee Quartets

Jubilee quartets began to be established in the late 1800s after slavery was abolished, but many of its characteristics were influenced by Negro spirituals. The first quartet can be traced to the Fisk Jubilee Singers, who sang Negro spirituals and paved the way for many other students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities to form quartets […]

The True Roots of Folk

     Folk music originated in the early to mid-1900s. Its founding authors are typically unknown, but the music has been kept alive by passing it from generation to generation orally. Although not considered a genre by most, folks’ emergence began in traditional popular culture, but transitioned into “new popular folk” in the late 20th […]

Ivorie Farley-Cook’s IME

Hello! I am Ivorie Farley-Cook and I’m glad to be in this class! I am a junior, Psychology major on a pre-Medicine track from Hoover, Alabama. Some of my hobbies include exploring new restaurants, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. My mindset towards music is that it is essential for me to have […]