Origin & Characteristics
Funk is a genre that has “Black” written all over and through it. Funk made its debut during the 1960s. Originally viewed as a form of dance music, funk was inspired by the rhythms of blues and jazz music. Funk is groovy, upbeat, and has a highly syncopated sound. Funk utilizes the rhythm of “one”, which is a musical emphasis on the first beat. The creation of “one” was dubbed and made popular by James Brown. Funk has elements from blues- styled horn arrangements, rock and jazz solos, guitar timbres, and soul vocal styles. Funk music has been dubbed “soul groups”, “dance bands”, “black rock” and “jazz funk” . Funk music is about partying, romance, friends and even politics . Funk music allowed artists to express a lot all while telling a story. Many funk artists came from working class, low- income communities.
Social Implications, Commodification, & Influence on Future Genres
Earth, Wind, & Fire
Funk is one of my favorite genres. I grew up listening to Earth, Wind, and Fire so to actually know the history of the genre helps connect more to the music.