Casting Call

Musical Theater American musical theater in the 1890’s was a genre monopolized by white people. African Americans were only seen through the white director or peoples perspective which was usually presented in the form of Black face or through coon songs. However, in 1898, William Marion Cook and Bob Cole brought Black art to Broadway. […]

Drop the BEAT

TECHNO Techno music was created in the 1980’s by Juan Atkins. Techno music is also known as underground dance music or “high tech soul” electronic music that first became huge in the UK. This genre was influenced by many elements such as p-funk, disco, and blues. Both blues and techno music had an international appeal […]


Hip Hop: Is It Just Music or Culture? Hip Hop was born in the inner cities of New York. Hip Hop started off as just beats and breaks before MC’s decided to start rhyming over them. Hip Hop served as a vehicle for social commentary. Like other genres covered it was a vessel for the […]

Let’s Get Funky!

Let’s Get F U N K Y! Funk is defined as “a music genre that originated in African-American communities in the mid-1960s when African-American musicians created a rhythmic, danceable new form of music through a mixture of soul music, jazz, and rhythm and blues (R&B)”. Funk became even more popular in the 1970s. During this […]

Jazz: Is it Synonymous with the Development of the Black Intellectual?

Jazz: Is it Synonymous with the Development of the Black Intellectual? To simply answer the question, yes jazz was definitely connected with the development of the Black intellectual. Jazz started in New Orleans a place now known for bringing people of all walks of life together over food, drinks, good music and art. Beginning in […]

The Blues: Sad Music or Storytelling?

The Blues: Sad Music or Storytelling? Blues began in the Mississippi Delta and became a mix of church style music, which morphed into work songs or songs that focused on the here and now. Typically sung while performing manual labor used the call and response method aforementioned in the Negro Spirituals genre, where one person […]

Gospel: A Spiritual Timeline

Gospel: A Spiritual Timeline  Gospel music is said to be “a form of euphoric, rhythmic, spiritual music rooted in the solo and responsive church singing of the African American South. Its development coincided with the development of rhythm and blues”. Gospel Music emerged during the early decades of the twentieth century in Urban Centers. The […]

Ragtime: What A Time to Be Alive

Ragtime: What A Time To Be Alive Ragtime began in the late 19th century and early 20th century, ragtime peaked in popularity. It began to recognized as an all black genre. The style was directed towards entertainment and performance style. With its roots deep in cakewalk and coon songs, ragtime added a beat to dance […]

Jubilee Quartet: Was There Only Four or More?

Jubilee Quartets: Was There Only 4 or More?            Jubilee Quartets were the merging between folk and blues. The Jubilee Quartet genre not only consisted of four-person quartets but University Jubilee Quartets, Minstrel Shows, Community-Based, Sacred Harp and Barbershop Community Quartets. The Minstrel Shows during this era were the most controversial because the intent of these […]

Negro Spirituals

Negro Spirituals The beginning of music began with negro spirituals. Negro Spirituals were songs sang by enslaved Africans. In these songs they would express their feelings and emotions about the situation they were in. A lot of the words were in relation to god and how they yearned for new beginnings and the promise of […]

Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson: A Voice for Women Artists This article talks about how black women used their musical talents to break down social barriers and bring about justice. Marian Anderson was an activist for the liberation of black women in the United States known for bringing additional African American women singers up with her. Her performances […]

Folk Music Blog

Folk Article Review: Is this related to “kinFOLK”? Article:  “African American Folk: The Beginning of Music” written by Kennedy Starke After reading the article “African American Music: The Beginning of Music”  I learned more information on folk music. The genre of folk music was created by slaves in the new world due to the lack […]