CAN YOU DIG IT??: THE RISE OF DISCO

The origins of the disco genre begin in underground dance venues in New York City in the 1970s, primarily by African American, Latino and gay dancers. The music was made to influence dancing and intersect fashion and hairstyles during that time. Disco also brought forth the presence of a DJ, which was seen originally in France, which is where the concept of a discotheque formed. By the 70s, discos accommodated various groups within urban society who differed from those that attended earlier discos, which is why African Americans, gays and women heavily populated them in New York.

Motown and Atlantic Records began to produce some of the artists and groups we love to this day. Disco allowed for African Americans to express themselves and transform their music style once again, as they always did through the years. The instrumentation drastically changed, and the size of the groups majorly increased, which made room for beautiful accompaniments!

Discos that catered to women were often times illegal, but were still a major staple in the Black community and very important. Although women were looked down at, they dominated the disco industry and many African American women grew to fame with their magnetic voices and sex appeal. These women were more than pretty faces, they had serious pipes on them and lured people around the world to groove with them. Absolutely amazing.

The genre of disco by far is one of the most controversial genres of music as it catered to ethnic minority groups, gays and women. The artists that found themselves in these clubs were usually struggling and overcoming a very rough life, but the music they made has impacted African American music forever. They found a way to dance their sorrows away, literally, as disco evoked such happy and infectious energy. To this day, disco is loved by everyone.

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