Rhythm & Blues

Orgin Rhythm and blues which is commonly abbreviated R&B  is a genre of music that originated in African American communities in the 1940s and is still going strong and evolving to this day  Characteristics Mixing jazz styles and blues together and locking together of the drums and bass into a tight rhythm feel important Performers […]

Im Feeling the Blues

Orgin Blues developed in the Mississippi Delta in the nineteenth century by former enslaved people , and descendants of enslaved people. Blues music took influences directly from earlier genres such as folk and Negro spirituals sharing the formation of lyrics around exactly what the genre is titled, the blues. Characteristics Chants and hollers – much […]

Soundtrack of the 1920’s: Jazz

Orgin Jazz was first seen in New Orleans in the early 20th century as a developed form of slave songs and spirituals. Some say that Jazz is a mix between African Music which provides the  rhythm and European instruments such as the piano and horns. New Orleans, being a port city gave this genre what […]

Jubilee Quartets

Back entrance to the Spotlight: Jubilee Quartets Orgin Jubilee Quartets first began popping up the 1800’s. A Jubilee Quartet usually consist of four voices singing in 4 part harmony. Fisk University was established in 1866. The Fisk Jubilee Singers, which housed two quartets started touring in 1871. They were brought together in an attempt to […]

Swing Low Sweet Chariot: Negro Spirituals

Songs of the Soul-Negro Spirituals Origin During Slave times, rural slaves would stay after church services to sing Negro spirituals. Negro spirituals were influenced by folk music and the lyrics connected directly to the author of the songs, the enslaved negro. Characteristics Call and response- a form where a leader or main singer will sing […]


Orgin Gospel music is deeply rooted in the rich traditions of the African-American church. During the late 1800s, African-American churches in the southern United States started fusing various styles of music into their worship services, including African-American spirituals, hymns, and sacred songs. Such music was primarily sung at church and accompanied by hand-clapping and foot-stomping. […]

It’s Electric: Techno Music

Orgin techno music first originated in Detroit Michigan in the late 1980’s. Techno combines funk and Jazz music together to form an electric genre popular for dancing. It is believed that the Belleville Three are the originators who made the blueprint for techno to be what it is today. Characteristics Synthesizers-electronic musical instrument that generates […]

Down Home Music: Folk Music at a Glance

Folk Music at a glance Folk music is an African American music form that originated in the new world with heavy influences from West Africa. influences on future Genres folk music started on slave ships and in the fields as a way for African Americans to express themselves. today you can still find key elements […]