Isley Brothers

Isley Previous Next The Isley Brothers were a blues and rock band who began their career in the late 1950’s, and reached peaks in the ‘60s and ‘70s, creating music in a wide range of genres, including blues, soul, and funk. The group was made up of 5 brothers: O’Kelly, Rudolph, Ronald, Ernie, and Marvin […]

Jubilee Quartets

Jubilee Quartets Previous Next Jubilee Quartets gave us exactly what their name says they will. These groups consisted of four members,each singing in a different octave of voice – first tenor, tenor, bass, and the leader is usually baritone. They gave have more than four members however this is the average group size and octave […]

Musical Theater Theater Previous Next Musical Theater has a main goal of adding an additional complexity in the way in which entertainment is delivered to an audience. That is, comedy, music, and dancing will oftentimes be incorporated in addition to the dialogue that is included in a production so that the audience is further entertained. The […]

Techno Music

House Music Previous Next Techno, electronic dance music originated in Detroit, Michigan in the 1980’s and gained popularity globally in the 1990’s. Techno is said to be the result of middle-class African- American;s fascination of European electronic music and dancing. Techno music is often compared to Chicago’s “house music”, however techno has a stronger foundation […]


Previous Next Disco made an appearance in the 1970’s but was not originally recognized in mainstream media. The genre got its name from the 1960’s club dance called “discotheque”, and that’s where is was most often listen to due to the fact that radio did not play the sound. Interestingly enough, the clubs where disco […]


Ragtime Previous Next Ragtime is popularly known for its syncopated melodies, and its derivative from jazz. The genre emerged from musicians in Mississippi and Missourui in the late 19th century. Borrowing its influence from already established sounds such as minstrel-show music, banjo sounds, and dance rhythms of the cakewalk, ragtime create charter for its sound […]


Wipe your tears,don’t get the Previous Next Once again we created it ! Blues was birthed in the south in the early 19th century, not too long after the ending of slavery in America. Coincidence ? I think not. Blues reached a peak in the 1960’s with the development of its expressive forms; the genre […]

Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson Previous Next I honestly could not stop reading this well-written article by Alisha Jones titled “Lift Every Voice..”. Jones captivated my attention with her so very overlooked, but very necessary, claim in thesis when she states that black women have forced their voices to be heard through the “politics of concert performances”. I […]


Oh Lord, You Are the Gospel Previous Next When we think of gospel as we know it as African Americans we think of Kirk Franklin and Marvin Sapp, and this image is true from our perception but this perception derived from the religious revivalry between whites and black in the 19th century. Gospel looked and […]


Jazzy Jazz Jazz Previous Next Like many other genres, jazz was birthed from the African American community and in result, lead to the influence of other variations of the genre including free jazz, modal jazz, bebop and traditional  jazz. Free jazz is an approach to jazz that embodies the improvisation of instruments and sound to […]

Negro Spirtuals

Negro Spirtuals Black churches for many years have served as a place for inspiration for the black community, rooting back to the years of slavery when our ancestors used the same space to call on the Lord for the conclusion of their suffering and the rise of their freedom. Negro Spirtuals is a form of […]


Music Previous Next My reading of choice was “Folk Music: Songs of the Struggle” by Jasmine Jenkins. In her article, Jenkins successfully begun her text with a strong statement when she stated that most of the struggles of the enslaved black person could be traced back to the stories they told in the early folk […]