The good ole rhythm and blues( R&B)

The good ole rhythm and blues Introduction Rhythm and Blues began to evolve during World War II. It incorporated black musical traditions such as the boogie woogie, swing, jazz combos, etc.  Initially R&B was known as ‘race music’, but was later changed because the term was deemed as offensive. This musical genre can be divided […]

Women swinging in full force: Swing era of Jazz

The Swing Era of Jazz Introduction Jazz was an important part of African American music in the twentieth century. Many would describe jazz as “African American classical music.” Swing is a type of jazz beginning in the 1920-s,  This post will describe what ‘swing’ is and the women in swing,  The premise of Swing Swing […]

Pioneer of Blues: Alberta Hunter

Alberta Hunter Alberta Hunter was an underrated blues singer who didn’t garner celebrity status until much later. She was considered the upmost consistent blues singer due to the fact that she sung for practically the entire twentieth century, and all throughout her retirement. This post will describe Alberta Hunters life and her legacy on the […]

“Have your cake and eat it too” The history of Cakewalk

Introduction Ragtime defined a performance style and the practices related to playing popular song and instrumental music. An element of Ragtime is cakewalk. Cakewalk is a dance that imitates white upper class behavior. This was originally performed by African American slaves and the best performer generally got a cake as their prize, hence where the […]

The beginning of Gospel Music: Gospel Period

Introduction What is Jubilee Quartet? It is an artistic form with unique history and expression that has originated in the 1920’s. It was an outgrowth of the African American university singing movement. It is named Jubilee quartet due to its nature, characteristics and performance style. Jubilee Quartet can be divided into three periods. The period […]

“You make me wanna shout!”

“You make me wanna shout!” What is ring shout? Ring Shout is a form of negro spiritual that has a leader chorus, hand clapping, and is a type of religious dance where participants move in a counterclockwise circle. This type of Negro Spiritual has been around since the 1800’s and were the slave populations unique […]

Hamboning: The human instrument of folk music

Hamboning: The human instrument of folk music Background Information: Hamboning is the act of stomping, slapping, and the patting of ones arms, legs and chests. Some clapping is involved as well. There is also a similar type of rhythmic dance action called patting juba, but it must be known that the patting juba and the […]