Musical Theatre- Sparkle

Sparkle is a 1976 musical drama that was inspired bu the history of The Supremes. This film is set in Harlem, New York during the late 1950s and early 1960s. The storyline is about three sisters named Sparkle, Dolores, and Sister who are musically gifted. Their mother supports them by working as a maid and […]


adelic Funk music  more of a freedom of expression for blacks. In this genre, the structure was more free and explicit to express identity and the struggles of the 80’s. This is why funk songs are often long in song, typically running from five minutes to ten minutes. Funk songs like “Celebration” and “Every […]

Hip-Hop and it don’t Stop

Hip-Hop and It Don’t Hip Hop (1970s) was used as a means of freedom of speech for the black community. In rap songs, it was typical to hear stories about poverty, police brutality, and racial discrimination; topics that were common in the black community at the time. As a means of oppression, police would often […]

House of Techno

House of Techno is a form of electronic dance music that emerged in Detroit, MI in the mid to late 1980s. Generally a repetitive instrumental music produced in a continuous DJ set. This genre’s parent genre is Disco. A techno DJ plays pre-recorded music to an audience. Techno elements include bass loops, clap loops, drum […]

Disco’s Nightclub and Beats

Nightclubs and Beats Developed in nightclubs in the 1960s and 70s. Made up of different musical traditions including funk, soul, Motown, etc. A genre of dance music and subculture.  The disco sound consists of “four-on-the-floor” beats, drum machines, keyboards and TR-808, “talk box” to distort the voice, and electrical instruments

Let the Church Say AMEN!

Let the Church Say All Kirk Franklin Yolanda Adams Walter Hawkins BeBe and CeCe Winans Comissioned John P Kee Mary Mary Andrae Crouch Gospel is a genre of Christian music that can be traced back to the early 17th century. Its roots developed from black oral traditions such as hymns and sacred songs. This genre […]

Rhythm and Blues

Rhythm and R&B first stream was in Los Angeles (late 1940s) and this genre came out of jazz. An electrical guitar was played and modernized the music to sound louder. Charlie Parker and Miles Davis were popular artists during this time. This genre started the second stream; Rock and Roll (1950s). Little Richard, Chuck […]

Dipper Mouth, Cannonball, Jug, Count, Firstlady (Jazz)

Dipper Mouth, Cannonball, Jug, Count, Firstlady Jazz originated in the late 1920s and early 1930s after Ragtime. This genre originated in New Orleans, Lousiana near Congo Square. There are several types of Jazz such as: Classical, Modal, Swing, Traditional, Free, Bebop, etc.  It was about having Ideas in your head and the things you know […]

Jazmine Sullivan a Masterpiece

Jazmine Sullivan Biography Click Here Discography Click Here Billboard Charts Click Here Website Click Here Biography Jazmine Marie Sullivan is an African American singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania born on April 9, 1987. She started her career at a young age and made her national television debut on Showtime at the Apollo. Sullivan’s parents are musically […]

Jubilee Quartets by Kamiya Watkins

By Kamiya Watkins m jubilee quartets jubilee 1929 transitional 1930-1945 Gospel 1943 Create Your Own Playlist ? Golden Gate The most famous Jubilee Quartet group. Original members consists of four men: a baritone, tenor, second tenor, and bass Learn More Blind Boys The Blind Boys of Alabama From the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind, […]

Ragtime, The Genre

Ragtime, The Genre By: Kamiya Watkins Ragtime is a music genre that dates back from the 1896 all the way until 1920. The defining characteristic of ragtime music is a specific type of syncopation in which melodic accents occur between metrical beats. Ragtime was typically sung in Negro dialect by white people in black face […]

The Ideologies of the Blues That Formed the Black Man

The Ideologies of the Blues That Formed the Black Man By: Kamiya Watkins The Blues was a popular genre in the 1900s; a view from the bottom of society about feelings and how the music affected those that sang it lives. There were many artists throughout this genre that created a different sound to the […]

Negro Spirituals- Kamiya Watkins

Negro Spirituals By Kamiya Watkins Negro Spirituals is  not only a vocal genre, but it is also involves choirs and instruments. This genre dates back all the way from 1865 until today. This songs were composed by slaves from Africa who whom were brought to America against their will and summoned to be enslaved. Their […]

“Lift Every Voice” Review- Kamiya Watkins

A Review of “Lift Every Voice: Marian Anderson, Florence B. Price And The Sound of Black Sisterhood” “Lift Every Voice: Marian Anderson, Florence B. Price And The Sound of Black Sisterhood” by Alisha Lola Jones was a masterpiece in my words. The article started off with “When will we listen to black women?”, right then […]

Folk Review- Kamiya Watkins

A Review of “That’s all Folk…music” By: Kamiya Watkins  The article that I will be critiquing is called That’s all Folk… music by Justice Randle. This article was published to the black music scholar website on March 7, 2019. Since this piece was written recently,  it holds accuracy because of how relevant the information was […]