Author: niasimoneweekse

Time to Get Funky

Funk Funk is a genre that originated in the late 1960s when African American musicians blended soul music, soul jazz, and R&B. Funk was a major influence on the development of disco music. Components of

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Disco Fever

Disco and the Civil Rights Movement As a predecessor to modern pop music and dance music, disco can sometimes be a forgotten genre; however it was not able to only serve as those things, but

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Techno

Techno Techno is a form of electronic dance music that emerged in Detroit, Michigan, in the United States during the mid-to-late 1980s. Any of various styles of dance music characterized by electronic sounds and a

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Jazz

Jazz Jazz is African American Classical music. Along with gospel music, ragtime, and blues contributed to the formation of Jazz Music. New Orleans had a presence of French, Spanish and Creole and African American populations

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Gospel

Gospel Gospel Music is the 20th century form of African American religious music that evolved in urban cities following the Great Migration of African Americans. It wasn’t until 1930 that gospel music gained  repertoire, performance

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Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds Kenneth Brian Edmonds was born to Marvin and Barbara Edmonds, April 10, 1959 in Indianapolis, Indiana. When he was in eighth grade his dad unfortunately died from lung cancer, which left his

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Ragtime

By: Nia Simone Weeks 1896-1920 Ragtime was a syncopated musical phenomenon which has had  a strong presence in music for more than a century. It emerged in its published form during the mid-1890s and quickly

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Jubilee Quartets, Transitional, and Gospel

By: Nia Simone Weeks Jubilee Quartets (1880-1929) “In the early 20th century, many African American families in the Northwest Piedmont were rooted in the community quartet tradition that would act as predecessor to early gospel

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