Jubilee Quartet

Jubilee Quartets The Jubilee quartet genre started in the mid 1800’s. The name originated from Fisk University’s Fisk Jubilee Singers. This genre is also called the African American Quartet. The Fisk Jubilee Singers were extremely popular and often sang negro spirituals. They were the first jubilee quartet to tour and be compensated. The quartet usually […]

Gospel Through the Span of 100 years

Gospel Through the Span of 100 years 1920’s This is “Glory! Glory! Hallelujah” by Mother McCollum. In the 1920’s ragtime was extremely popular and you can hear the influence of ragtime in many gospel songs at this time. You also hear elements of folk and blues music, especially in this song because of the banjo […]

The Boss Ms. Diana Ross

The Boss: Ms. Diana Ross Diana Ross is the boss of the music industry because of her extensive discography, crossover appeal, and longevity in entertainment.  Early Life Diana Ernestine Earle Ross was born on March 26, 1944 in Detroit Michigan to her parents Ernestine and Fred Ross Sr. She is the second of seven children. […]

is disco really dead?

Is Disco really dead? Disco was in its prime in the early 60’s through late 70’s. This new fun sound of music was at the top of the charts and people’s hearts. The mix between strings, synthesizers, and electronic instruments had the dance floor going crazy. Many new dances formed because of this genre including […]

The Blues Lifestyle

The Blues Lifestyle When thinking of blues music you instantly think of sadness, struggle, and storytelling. The sad reality of what it was like to be an African American in the south during the 1860’s was a major part of blues, and made it what it is today. Blues started gaining popularity in the early […]

Negro Spirituals: The Voices That Keep it Alive

Negro Spirituals: The Voices That Keep it Alive Negro Spirituals are an important aspect of the African American culture. This genre does not have a specific start date but became popular during the Great Awakening. Due to the enslaved not being able to attend church with their masters this caused them to form their own […]

All Music is Folk Music

All Music is Folk Music Present day folk music often features songs performed by white musicians. This was not always the case. Folk music originated from negro spirituals in the early 1600’s. Much like negro spirituals, folk music was used to tell stories and messages. To get the Folk music sound, instruments such as the […]