Don’t Stop the Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop was born within the Black community in the South Bronx in New York. Hip-Hop arose around the 1970s and by the 1990s it was internationally known. It has remained one of the most, if not the most, popular music genre today. [embedyt][/embedyt] Rap/ Hip-Hop comes from various different black oral traditions across the […]

Musical Theater: Popular Tunes

Research the history of the popular tunes “Old Dan Tucker,” “Turkey in the Straw” or “Oh Susannah!” Who composed these tunes, and what messages, either overt or covert do they convey? What are the implications of contemporary performances of such repertoire? It is said that “Old Dan Tucker” came into existence through oral tradition However, […]

Can you feel it? (R&B)

Rhythm and Blues is one form of Black popular dance music. The name of the genre was originally race music but the name was changed to what we know now as R&B for marketing purposes. R&B arose during two major historical events: World War II and the Second Great Migration. Because of this, many bands […]

The Gospel in the 2010s

Gospel arose in Black communities after the Great Migration in the twentieth century. Gospel is essentially spreading the message of the first four books of the New Testament of the Bible in musical form. Gospel means to “spread the good news” which is what the genre does. Gospel music currently is the music that all […]

Disco, Techno and House Music

The term Disco comes as an abbreviation of the french word discothèque. Disco music originated in New York City in 1970. The music had been creates by disc jockeys, or DJs, that primarily entertained Black, Latino and gay audiences. From there, it evolved into specific dance trends and fashion trends. Disco music wasn’t necessarily about […]

Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago Concert Review

Chicago and Earth Wind & Fire Concert Review In 2004, the bands Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire performed a joint concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Chicago is a rock band that was formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1967. The band has sold over 100 million records. During the concert, they performed […]

And so we’ve come to the end of the road…

This has definitely been an interesting semester. I honestly didn’t really know what to expect coming in to this class. There were definitely a lot of great times and a lot of really intense times too. But all in all, I really enjoyed this class. I learned a lot of history and information about my […]

Junior Recital: Halle Josey

The Junior Recital was performed on Sunday, April 29th, 2018 at 7pm in the Johnetta B. Cole Living and Learning Center II. The recital was in honor of Ms. Halle Josey. She is a junior, music major that attends Spelman College. This was a mezzo-soprano vocal performance with a piano accompaniment by Trey Clegg. The […]

Colour of Music: Black Classical Musicians Festival Review

On Thursday March 29th, 2018 at 7pm in Sister’s Chapel at Spelman College. The Colour of Music Festival began in 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina. This festival brings black artists from across the world to the United States to create awareness of the contributions of black composers such as Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges. The features […]

Music From the 1960s to the 1990s

From the 1960s to the 1990s various genres of music arose from the black community. The picture above describes the music because it highlights the key artists of the time. It is also demonstrating the instruments that were used during the time and a method through which people listened to music. Featured in the visual […]

Evolution of Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop has evolved over the years in sound and style. Hip-Hop originated with the Brown communities in the Bronx and Harlem in New York City in the 1970s. Hip-Hop is really a way of life that encompasses various different forms including dj-ing, graffiti, break dancing, mc-ing and verbal musical expression. Hip-Hop music over the years […]

The Soul of America

Soul music originated from the evolution of the rhythm and blues genre in the 1960s. It became a very popular genre by the mid 1970s. As soul music arose with the Black Power Movement , led by the Nation of Islam and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which promoted black pride, solidarity, and self-empowerment. Soul music […]

Let’s Get Funkadelic!

Funk is a more cultured version of party music. Though this music formed in the 1960s, it didn’t become popular until the 1970s. Funk emerged from the styles of jazz and rhythm & blues. Funk music, while heavily influence by rhythm and blues and jazz, contains a more up-beat sound. It is best identified by […]

Let’s Get Classy

Classical music is considered one of the most calming and elegant forms of music. Classical music within the black community arose in the twentieth century. During this time, prominent members of the classical music community that came from conservatories began to teach at historically Black colleges and universities. [embedyt][/embedyt] Prior to Emancipation was the […]

The Heart of Black America: The Blues

Blues. The heart and soul of black America. Blues music originated in the deep south and the midwest in small, rural towns and cities with large populations of black bodies such as New Orleans. Blues music stemmed from the Jim Crow Law era and the resistance . The blues is considered the most contained style […]

The Best Time is Ragtime!

Ragtime is a musical genre that existed long before the style was officially given a name.  Ragtime music was in its prime from 1896 to 1920. Ragtime music has been described as a mixture between the early styles of jazz music and classical music though it has been hard to create a meaning of it […]

The Tradition: African American Quartets

The African American quartet is a tradition that was born in the mid- 1800s from singing that was done in universities by African Americans. The quartets are the earliest version of an a cappella group.  This style of singing eventually transformed into a sub-category of Gospel music. Quartet groups generally have between four to six […]

Negro Spirituals by Kennedy Weathers & Hailee Vaughn-Dawkins

Negro Spirituals are considered the earliest form of religious music. Born from african slaves, the songs and style came from hymns and psalms introduced to them by the europeans. The main structure of this music was call and response. Call and response is when one person makes a statement and then others respond. The birth […]

Secular Folk Music by Kennedy Weathers & Hailee Vaughn-Dawkins

Secular folk music was created by the slaves as a way of adaptation by the slaves to the United States. It combined characteristics from both African and American influences into the dance and music.  The start of folk dances came from the mixing of the cultures of native African slaves and American born slaves when […]

Kennedy Weathers’ IME

Introduction Hi! My name is Kennedy Weathers. I am a junior International Studies and Spanish double major from Lexington, Kentucky. Mindset My mindset coming into this spring semester is centered around excelling academically and doing better than I did last semester.  For most of my life, I had been exposed to latin music and then […]