Floetry Floetry was an R&B group who rose to fame during the late 1990s into the early 2000s. The duo comprised of two English women, Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart. The two met in London through basketball and became friends over their shared passion for poetry and music. Their style of performance combines singing with […]

Musical Theater

Musical Theater Musical theater describes a style of drama which involves acting and singing.  Before dramas were televised they were performed at playhouses. The epitome of success for a play was for it to be performed at Broadway. Black musical theater first emerged as minstrel shows. The first full length production written and played by […]


Disco Many people think of the disco and automatically associate the 70s, but in actuality disco did not gain popularity amongst Black people until the mid to late 70s and disco reigned throughout the 80s. Disco is characterized by its fast tempo, electric  Disco is more than just a sound, people were able to create […]


Gospel Singing about God has always been an imperative element of Black Christian culture. The evolution of gospel can be divided into three periods. The transitional period, the traditional period and now contemporary. The transitional period was the ending of Jubilee quartets. The sound was changing from negro spirituals to more upbeat and instrumental gospel. […]


Techno Techno is a genre of music which emerged during the 80s through the rise of computers. It is a form of dance music created electronically using software that mimics instruments and usually has little to no lyrics. Techno originated in Detroit in the mid to late 1980s. The Bellville Three is the all Black […]

Jazz and the Expansion of Black Intellectualism

Jazz Jazz was the genre which pioneered Black intellectualism for it encouraged  free thinking and creative expression. Prior to jazz the content of music was was expressive of actual events and narrated non fiction stories. Jazz allowed artists to convey their inner thoughts and abstractly express their feelings. Jazz is distinguished  by its complex chords and fast, […]

The 90’s

The 90’s! The 90s pushed hip-hop to the forefront of music culture while also proving an especially fruitful decade for rhythm and blues through R&B. Black artists, began to draw on the black power visual culture for racial protest within music. Events such as the Rodney King riots and the Million Man March held influence […]


Blues The earliest example of Blues were found in the form of work songs. Work songs were created by Black men laying down the railroads. The songs enabled them to work in a rhythmic fashion and sing about their struggles. A large characteristic of blues was singing about current struggles. Because of this blues deterred […]

Jubilee Quartets

Jubilee Quartets Jubilee quartets were popular from the 1880s to 1930s. Jubilee quartets existed in three periods the jubilee period which lasted until the 30s, the transitional period which lasted for about 15 years, and finally the gospel period.  Jubilee quartets are characterized by  the harmonizing of voices. Typically there are four people but many […]


Ragtime is a genre that was very popular throughout the 1920s. Ragtime was played on the piano and disseminated through sheet music. Originally it was music created by Black people for Black people. The upbeat music was enjoyed in bars, saloons, brothels etc. Ragtime was unique in that it incorporated syncopation. While one hand played […]

Negro Spirituals

Negro Spirituals is a genre of music invented by slaves. Not to be confused with folk, which is secular, all Negro Spirituals have religious implications. The songs express faith as well as tell stories and describe hardships the slaves faced in everyday life. The songs were also used as a means of communication only understood […]

Folk Article Review

I reviewed “Folk Music” by Ashley Hall. This was an objective article which briefly summarized the elements of folk music. It described the origins being on slave ships which is not a commonly known fact. Folk music was used as a means of storytelling, the sole purpose of folk music was to communicate. Slaves would […]