The Making of Hitsville

Previous Next                                                                LET’S SEE WHERE $800 CAN GET YOU… THAT’S ALL IT TOOK BERRY GORDY  How Motown Became Motown Berry Gordy – The Man […]

Feeling Jazzy?

What is Jazz? Jazz is a unique music style that originated in the African American communities of New Orleans. Jazz is a blend of blues, ragtime, brass, and marching band styles which were all prevalent music styles in New Orleans. New Orleans gave birth to Jazz in the early 20th century and has gave people […]

The Love of Blues

The Making of Blues Blues is a musical genre created by African American people for African American people meant to express a wide range of emotions.  Blues originated in the Mississippi Delta and was at the time considered poor man’s music. This music is supposed to be played when one is feeling blue (sadness and […]

Dive into Ragtime

Brief History of Ragtime Ragtime was around but the name came along much later. The name was given to the style of music towards the end of the 1890’s. This style of music consisted of both written music and oral tradition with being known for its “ragged” rhythm. Ragtime can be described as an in […]

Mary J. Blige: Queen of Hip-Hop R&B

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How it Began: University Jubilee Quartets

Jubilee Background Jubilee is a biblical term that nearly means to shout with joy and Black people did just that, which brought to us Jubilee singing. Jubilee singing started in neighborhoods, churches, barbershops, and historically Black colleges and universities. In a typical manner, something that started small and I’m sure a hobby became main acts […]

Voices That Carried On

History of Negro Spirituals Spirituals were religious songs made by African Americans during slavery whereas hymns were loosely based on biblical scripture  The Great Awakening, a period of religious revival that swept around the colonies in the 18th century, led to the birth of negro spirituals In the South, slaves would meet in secret because […]

The Legend of Kora

THE LEGEND OF KORA: African String Instrument The Kora is known as one of the most complex string instruments. The instrument originates back in Africa and specifically the country of Gambia. Compared to modern times, the Kora resembles both the guitar and the harp, also in the string family. The Kora was developed in the […]