The Two Waves of Detroit Techno Music: Techno and Rave!

The Two Waves of Detroit Techno Music: Techno and Rave! Techno, house, and rave (electro) are the primary forms of electronic music in Detroit. Though these forms of electronic music are not identified as African American on a global scale because several people associate techno music with the dance floors of Europe, the futuristic dance […]

Women of the Blues: Bessie Smith

Women of the Blues: Bessie Smith The Blues genre did not only include black men. Black Women significantly contributed to the sound of the blues. Female blues singers used their powerful voices as a way to express themselves and relate their life experiences with other women who were in the same boat; this was a […]

A Century of Gospel Music

A Century of Gospel Music Gospel music is the form of African American religious music. It is a willful expression of the desire of African Americans to embrace and celebrate the beliefs and values that affirm their culture and religion. Gospel music arose during the 1920s, which was during the Great Migration when three million […]

Ciara

CIARA Who is Ciara? Ciara Princess Wilson (aka Ciara) was born on October 25, 1985 in Fort Hood, TX. Ciara does it all. She is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and model. Ciara has made her mark in the contemporary R&B/pop music scene. Aside from her music, many adore her dancing skills, loveable personality, and […]

A Musical Narration: “Psalm” from “A Love Supreme”

A Musical Narration: “Psalm” from “A Love Supreme” John Coltrane turned his handwritten poem “Psalm” into the final song on his “A Love Supreme” album. In this section of the album, Coltrane brings his poem that expresses his feelings towards/about God to life. He performs a “musical narration” in the liner notes, which are clear […]

R&B: The Third Stream

R&B: The Third Stream The third stream of R&B music introduced the world two sections such as the Motown Sound and Memphis Sound of R&B. Background Rhythm and Blues is a form of Black dance music that evolved during the World War Two era and the two decades that followed as a fusion of blues, […]

Scholar Sources: Survey to AA Music Final Paper/Post

Bibliography Jeeya. “Ciara Biography.” Gossip Gist, Gossip Gist, 8 Feb. 2021, gossipgist.com/ciara.   Baron, Zach, and Photography by Micaiah Carter. “Russell Wilson & Ciara: The Superstar Couple In Pursuit of Perfection.” GQ, 2020, www.gq.com/story/russell-wilson-ciara-march-modern-lovers-cover.   Biography.com Editors. “Ciara Biography.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 28 July 2020, www.biography.com/musician/ciara.   Dixon, Christine-Marie Liwag. “The Stunning Transformation Of […]

Treemonisha: Difference, Power, and Music

Treemonisha: Difference, Power, and Music In the opera Treemonisha, by Scott Joplin, there is difference and power displayed in the music of the quintet that begins Act 1 (“The Bag of Luck”) and throughout the whole number. Introduction The quintet that begins Act 1 (“The Bag of Luck”) portrays the ways in which Joplin exemplifies […]

Dissection of the Jubilee Quartet: The African American Technique

Dissection of the Jubilee Quartet: The African American Technique In African American music, a quartet is defined as a vocal ensemble that consisted of a minimum of four voices and a maximum of six voices. They sing four-part harmony ranges in either and a cappella style or limited instrumentation. Background In Western art music, the […]

The Evolution of Negro Spirituals: Ring Shout!

The Evolution of Negro Spirituals: Ring Shout! The concept of ring shout has evolved through time, and it is still prevalent today through groups and churches. Ring Shout is a form of negro spiritual that expresses the Christian religion in unique ways. It is a form of folk spiritual characterized by leader-chorus antiphonal singing, highly […]

Inside Folk Music and Feminism: Tracy Chapman

Inside Folk Music and Feminism: Tracy Chapman Background Born in 1964, Tracy Chapman is an American singer-songwriter. Her genres of music include Folk, Pop, and Blues. Chapman mixed Folk music with socially relevant Black experiences. Also, she yearned for a women’s movement and revolutionary change. Her lyrics were more radical than rap’s most politically conscious […]