I started off this class with little knowledge of black music or music in general. I must say this was a very entertaining and informative class. I learnt a lot about my people and the creative genes we carry, the different genres of music I had never heard of and a lot more. This was […]

The Musical Legend that is, William Christopher Handy

William Christopher Handy – Music Revolutionist Methodology/Abstract Growing up listening to blues music, I always revered W.C Handy for his works and achievements. This is one of the reasons, I decided to conduct research and extend my knowledge about him. As a pioneer of blues music, I could find some scholarly articles on the performer, […]

Evolution of Black Music Graphic Representation

This poster describes genres of black music that was popular around the 1940s,50s to the 1980s. These genres include Techno, Soul, Disco, Hiphop, R and B, Gospel and Funk.  The quotes under each genre represents some quotes from certain artists in reference to their genres. The years represent the years that these genres were most […]

Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire Concert Report.

During one of their many tours and concerts , two amazing groups , Chicago and E.W.F( Earth, Wind and Fire) performed together at the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles in 2004. Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago Illinois.They are mainly known for their excellent and extensive use of horns. Some of […]


This poster describes the evolution of hip hop and some of its pioneers. It shows artist from the 1970s- till date(2018). Hiphop became very popular and started evolving in the 1970s, and the 1520 avenue represents the acclaimed birthplace of hiphop. Hiphop started off as barbecue and block party entertainment in some of New York’s […]

Musical Theatre – Popular American Tunes

Question: Research the history of popular tunes “Old Dan Tucker”, “Turkey in the Straw”, or “Oh Susannah!”. Who composed these tunes, and what messages, either overt or covert, do they convey? What are the implications of contemporary performances of such repertoire?   Old Dan Tucker, Turkey in the Straw and Oh Susannah are popular American […]

Gospel in the 50s

Gospel in the 1950s Gospel in the 50s was known as the Golden age gospel. The Jubilee quartets still had a huge influence on music and Gospel in this time had a similar sound and syncopation as the groups. Some groups that flourished in this time include the Dixie hummingbirds, Pilgrim Travelers, Soul Stirrers, Swan […]

W.C’s Handy Biography ,Outline, PPT

Methodology The music revolutionist and Father of the blues , W.C handy. Biographical Study :  William Christopher Handy also  known as W.C Handy . He is commonly regarded as the father of the blues. He was born on November 16, 1873 to Charles Bernard Handy and Elizabeth Brewer . The son and grandson of Methodists […]

Let’s get Jazzy, shall we?

Jazz music was born in the city of  New Orleans,Louisiana. New Orleans had a great tradition of celebration. Opera, military marching bands, folk music, the blues, gospel, ragtime, echoes of traditional African drumming, and all of the dance styles that went with this music could be heard and seen throughout the city. It was developed by […]

Black Twist on Classical Music

Classical music has been around for a long time since the Ancient period . Although it started off in the western world, there are a lot of black artists who have contributed to this genre. Black musicians have made their debut in classical music since the 1700s till present with the likes of Leontyne Price,Harry […]

Feeling Blue? Lets talk about the blues..

The blues is a genre of music that has deep roots in African-American history. It originated on Southern Plantations by slaves in the 19th Century.It evolved from Negro  spirituals, African chants, work songs,  rural life and drum music. The phrase ‘the blues’ is a reference to having a fit of ‘the blue devils’, meaning ‘down’ […]

Ragtime? What even is that?

Ragtime was a style of music that came into the limelight in the late 19th Century. It rose to popularity towards the end of the 19th century and early decades of the 20th century, around 1893 to 1917. Ragtime music is mainly a solo piano style. It is characterized by its lively rhythms which makes […]

A General Overview of the Jubilee Quartet Genre

A General Overview of the Jubilee Quartet Genre The Jubilee quartets was a musical genre that started in the mid 1800’s as an outgrowth of the African American university singing movement.  It was very popular in the first half of the 20th century. They were groups of African-American musicians who put their own style and […]

The Negro Spiritual Music Genre

From its name “Negro-spiritual”, this kind of music describes christian or spiritual songs created by African Americans. This music emerged during the period of slavery. Its lyrics are based on the hardships African-Americans faced during this time.  Christian songs were very influential on the writing of African-American spirituals, especially those from the “Great Awakening” of the […]

The Folk Music Genre

A Generalized Overview of Folk Music When I think about the word folk, I think about ‘people’. Folk music can also be translated as the music for the people. Just like folk literature, folk music(traditional folk music) lives in the tradition of a particular group of people. Folk music is a very old genre of […]

Utibe Ikoiwak IME

Introduction Hello! My name is Utibe Ikoiwak. I am a third year biology major at Spelman College on the Pre-med track . I am an international student from Nigeria. After graduation, I plan to further my studies in a suitable medical school. Mindset I am really excited for this class because I am certain it […]