Disco in the 70s

By: JaNae Fleming Disco emerged in the 70s to promote freedom and liberation at the time. DIsco is compromised of funk and r&b. Disco was heavily influenced by the LGBTQ+ community. Because disco promoted freedom and liberation, the genre helped create safe spaces and increase acceptances of people belonging to the LGBTQ+ community.

Negro Spirituals and Gospel

Like negro spirituals, gospel music is a sacred form of music used in the Christian belief. Gospel music emerged in urban cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Detroit after the Great Migration. Gospel music is composed of elements such as call and response, shout, and instruments such as the guitar, piano, and the […]

Women in Jazz

Women in Jazz JaNae Fleming About Jazz    Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime.    The key elements of Jazz include: blues, syncopation, swing and creative freedom. Jazz has […]


By: JaNae Fleming Ragtime music was composed using the piano. It is composed in a duple meter where there is a syncopated lead being played over a rhythmically bass. Ragtime music heavily influenced jazz music, just as folk music influenced ragtime. Ragtime is one of the examples of the break away from spiritual music. Ragtime […]

Blues was the New Folk

Blues was the New Folk JaNae Fleming Blues music was used to express the hardships of the black working class in America. Just as folk music, blues musicians used their voices and instruments to reflect the society they lived in. Blues musicians sang about everything ranging from their work life to their love life. Blues […]

Jubilee Quartets

By: JaNae Fleming In the mid 1800s a new style of music occurred amongst African Americans. This genre specifically started with African American college students. This genre is commonly known as the jubilee quartet. While African Americans were still using negro spirituals to express their hardships during the time of slavery, but at this time […]

A Review on Negro Spirituals

By: JaNae Fleming Negro spirituals derived from folk music in terms of its elements. I feel that the biggest components of negro spirituals are its connection to Christianity and its connection to the troubles of African American peoples. In the Soon Ah Will Be Done performance, it was sung by a white choir and although […]

“FOLK MUSIC- The Beginning” Jordann Ford Review

By: JaNae Fleming This article consisted of a brief history of how folk music came about and how it is the root of all African American music. Many of the elements align with African traditions. The performance of folk music and African traditions are very similar from the instruments used to the way it is […]