Dionne Warwick

Dionne Warwick Background Marie Dionne Warrick was born on December 12, 1940, in East Orange, New Jersey. She enjoyed an incredibly long career as a singer, is the daughter of a record promoter and a gospel group manager and performer from a musical background. Warrick was born in a middle-class, racially integrated family. Her family […]

Hip Hop

Rapper’s Delight I said a hip hopHippie to the hippieThe hip, hip a hop, and you don’t stop, a rock it outBubba to the bang bang boogie, boobie to the boogieTo the rhythm of the boogie the beat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKTUAESacQM Hip-hop music is a style that has been turned into a movement and culture. This genre, founded […]


Funk music was introduced in the late 70’s. Many people saw it as a celebration of being black and a sound of rebellion. Funk music is a mixture of soul, R&B, and a splash of jazz. This music included elements from previous genres such as narration and call and response, but with yells, melodic riffs, […]

Concert Post

Sweetener I had the opportunity to attend Ariana Grande’s Sweetener World Tour on its stop in Atlanta. Ariana Grande’s music is generally pop and R&B,  and has elements of funk, dance and hip hop. The Sweetener tour incorporated many different aspects such as lights, technology, filmography, music, dance and more. This was a very enjoyable […]

Musical Theatre

Playbill Musical Theatre https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JOY5dJcTTc The picture depicted of African-Americans on Broadway before the late 1890s was a “outside perspective of black life created by European-American performers.” Stereotyped” coon songs “were popular, and blackface was used very often. In 1898, artists Will Marion Cook and Bob Cole brought black-written musical comedy to Broadway. Cole’s A Trip to Coontown […]


It’s time to get Techno-cal! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fNDHCHVB2o&list=PLBD2254E5C958748Bhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7N8tNuuGv8&list=PLBD2254E5C958748B&index=2https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR5j8x3QAPw&list=PLBD2254E5C958748B&index=6 Techno is a form of electronic music produced using a wide range of computer-based digital instruments and software. Originally created in Detroit in the early 80’s, this genre of music contributed to the sound and culture of the city. Techno became a genre around the world. The people of […]

Disco Fever

DISCO FEVER Disco, an abbreviation of the French word discothèque, is a musical genre that came from underground dance venues in New York City during the 1970’s. DJs paved the way for the genre by entertaining African Americans, Latinos, and gay dancers. Originally defined as a musical setting, disco evolved into a style involving certain […]


Sing Hallelujah Gospel music is the 20th century form of African American religious music that evolved in urban cities following the Great Migration of Blacks from the rural South around the time of World Wars I and II. In the early decades of the twentieth century, the musical foundation for this genre was laid in […]

Jazz Fusion

Jazz Fusion Jazz Fusion originated in the 1970s from the release of Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew” in 1969 which used eighth note time feels and production of techniques used in popular music such as, overdubbing and looping. This paved the way for jazz to go in a new direction, Jazz Rock. Instruments used in Jazz […]


Raggedy-Ragtime Previous Next Ragtime is a secular genre of music that came about between 1896 and 1920 but reached its prime in the 1920s. The name ragtime comes from the ragged off-beat style played on the piano. Even though it’s normally played using the piano, this genre can also be accompanied by song, dance, and, […]

Feeling Blue

Feeling Blue Race and gender have always been important as it relates to black women’s success. This ongoing conversation details the harsh experiences of black women and how their voices and bodies are implicated in the world of music. The genre of Blues, was used as a way to characterize the experiences of the black […]

Negro Spirituals

Go Down Moses Dating back to the times of slavery, Negro Spirituals were songs that were used as a source of reflection for black people to voice their feelings on the struggles and the hardships they were going through. Being grabbed from their homes, and forced into slavery life was from plantation to plantation. These […]

Folk Music Critique

That’s all Folks: Music Post Critique I had the opportunity to to critique Jordann Ford’s post: Folk Music- The beginning. In this post, there was an exceptional amount of beautiful visuals (when showing the examples of Folk music styles) and it was placed in the appropriate category. Even though her reflection was well put, it […]

Shelbi Long

Shelbi Long My name is Shelbi Long. I am currently a Junior here at the illustrious Spelman College. I am a political science major with a minor in management and organization on a pre-law track. I am from Wilmington, North Carolina. In my spare time I am typically enjoying the company of my friends, watching […]