Tarah Opara- Blues A Tune for the Soul

How the Blues Surpassed Spiritual Music in Popularity Within the African American Community

Spiritual Music was also identified as a staple in the African American Music. From the emotion it portrayed all the way to its comforting tones. It was the main form of musical relief for African Americans, a way for them to express their pain, joy, praising among other things. Well spiritual music was in popular demand until the Blues came along. The Blues originated in Mississippi and captivated listeners with its sultry song. A sound that makes you feel and want to move all at the same time. This was more popular among the younger/middle aged African Americans because Blues was relatable and not secular. The Blues was also more marketable to the masses being that women were the main singers and promoters–providing a sexual feel to the genre 

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