Cool Jazz

The Origin Of Jazz Starting in the south down in the bayous, from New Orleans emerged a new sound and genre that none had ever heard of, Jazz music. There are many different styles of jazz such as: bebop, swing, traditional, cool, and west coast. Most know jazz in two forms: upbeat jazz that makes […]

Disco Diva!

Background Ladonna Adrian Gaines better known as the “Queen of Disco”, was a famous singer/songwriter in the late 1970s. Donna Summer performed in her church choir and school musicals as a child. Landing the part of Sheila in a German Broadway musical, “Hair”, Donna Summer traveled throughout Europe where she created several pop songs. Her […]


Origin The phrases of “get funky” and “funkified” are not new to the world and more specifically, they are not new to the African American community. Those phrases can be attributed to the genre of music called Funk. Funk music was birthed in the 1960s by African Americans. Pulling from jazz, soul, and R&B, funk […]

The Mann in Gospel

Tamela Mann Background Biography Tamela Mann was born June 9, 1966 in Limestone County, Texas. Tamela Mann is the youngest out of fourteen children. As many typical artists who got their star, Tamela discovered her gift of singing from participating in the church. From there she met her lifelong friend Kirk Franklin and her husband […]

Feelin’ The Blues

Everybody knows a little about the blues but most don’t know the history and origins of it. The blues built is foundation of the backs of the work songs down in the South. From slave songs, negro spirituals, and field hollers, the blues emerged. Blues paved the way for Rock n Roll and doesn’t always […]


Ragtime: Music and Fun Ragtime is a musical style that incorporates vocal and instrumental ragtime, coon songs, and cakewalks. All together ragtime creates a performance with music, dancing, and excitement. Ragtime was first developed in the 19th century in St. Louis, Missouri and is derived from its predecessor the music style jazz. This musical style […]

Jubilee Quartets

Jubilee Quartet Jubilee quartets made their way onto the musical scene in the early 20th centuries. It started out as a way for black colleges and universities to money for finances. Jubilee quartets first gained recognition at Fisk University by the Fisk Jubilee Singers. They were the first to establish a tour that brought in […]

The Church House

The Church House and The Ring Shout Negro Spirituals are the oldest songs that people of color still sing today. These songs were the  motivation and expression in times of need for the black community. Many of the negro spirituals are still sung today especially in churches.  Black churches sing Negro Spirituals but they also […]

What Folk Music Gave Us

What Folk Music Gave Us For the black community, folk music is the origin of music in the United States. Folk music gave birth to and made ways for the music we know and love today such as beat boxing and storytelling. Folk music was started as a result of African Americans carrying over their […]