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 Funk de-emphasizes melody and harmony brings a strong rhythmic groove of electric bass and drums to the foreground often based […]

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 also as something progressive and liberating too. It “welcomed people from all walks of life with equal enthusiasm, whether gay, […]


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 high-energy, rhythmic beat; uses electronic synthesizers and drum machines to replicate acoustic sounds. The instruments replicated vary greatly. Usually at […]


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 created diverse mixture for Jazz Music. Chicago’s southside clubs also produced a lot of young musicians.  Jazz Musicians Louis Armstrong- […]


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 style and widespread usage among blacks across denominational lines. Thomas Dorsey was known as the father of Gospel Music. During […]

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 mother to raise him and his  His musical career began at the age of 18, when he first served as […]


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 spread across the continent via published compositions. By the early 1900s ragtime flooded the music publishing industry. Its popularity and […]

How the Lyrics & Themes of Blues Music Holds a Social Significance

By: Nia Simone Weeks      When thinking about Blues music, you may reduce it to only being a song about heartbreak or just another genre that focuses on making sad music; However Blues should not only be reduced to that. Blues music holds a significance because it was produced from the living conditions and […]

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 traditions. This acapella quartet tradition was based on the singing of the Fisk Jubilee singers, and the gospel quartet groups […]

Oh Spirituals!

By: Nia Simone Weeks Spiritual- a type of religious folksong that is most closely associated with the enslavement of African people in the American South. The earliest form of religious music to develop among African Americans in the United States is known as the spiritual. Being born of slavery, this music symbolized the slaves religious […]

A Review of Turn Up the Folk Music

A Review of Turn Up the Folk Music By: Nia Simone Weeks             Jhanae Askew’s blog post entitled Turn Up the Folk Music was extremely well written.  I enjoy listening to any genre of music, but folk is a genre I have never heard of nor have I ever listened […]