Author: Niya Ray

Motown The Musical

On April 14, 2013 Motown The Musical officially opened up on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. (Playbill)  Motown The Musical is adapted from the book

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Give Up The Funk

                         Funk is “attitude, pocket, memories, expression, pulse, LIFE.” (Funk A Documentary) Funk music as

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Quincy Jones is extremely important to me as he is the creator of some of the most important music in my life. Quincy Jones was

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Classical Post

Although Classical describes a preiod of time in music in which artists like Motzart performed, it is usually used to describe music that isn’t traditional

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George Walker

George Walker is simply a man of firsts. Born on June 27, 1922, In Washington DC, Walker started playing piano at age 5. Walker went

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“Let’s Play A Rag”

During the slowing down of the Jubilee Quartet era came the transition into Ragtime. It is known that before it had a specific name Ragtime

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Jubilee Quartets

Out of the Spiritual/Folk movement and subsequently the “African American University Singing Movement” (African American Music) the Quartet Movement was born. It was “originated in

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Negro Spirituals

Who? What ? Why? “A Spiritual is a type of religious folksong that is most closely associated with the enslavement of African people in the American South.”

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Music Timeline

1980: Kurtis Blow – The Breaks Composed by Kurtis Blow, Robert Ford Jr. James B. Moore, Russell Simmons, and Larry Moore. Hip Hop is a

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Niya Ray Introduction

My name is Niya Ray. I am a sophomore political science major from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While in school I am studying political science on a

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