Father of Funk

/*! elementor – v3.8.1 – 13-11-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} INTRODUCTION This post will examine James Brown’s contributions to the music industry, influence on genres; such as funk, and the elements that create the sound of funk.  The GodFather of Funk /*! elementor – v3.8.1 – 13-11-2022 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a […]

Disco/Funk in the 70s/80s

/*! elementor – v3.8.1 – 13-11-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} MEMBERS -DAKOTA TEASDELL -KECIA BASS WHAT IS DISCO? Disco is a genre of dance music and a subculture that emerged in the 1970s from the Philadelphia and New York City nightlife scene. Its sound is typified by four-on-the-floor beats, syncopated basslines, […]

Gil Scott Heron, The Revolutionist

Thesis Gil Scott-Heron was a controversial poet and songwriter whose willingness to undeniably speak the truth, laid the foundation for future socially conscious artists.  Who was Gil Scott Heron? In the city of Chicago, Gil Scott-Heron was born on April 1, 1948. He was born to his mother, Bobbie Scott-Heron who worked as a librarian […]

Back Down Memory Lane: A Minnie Riperton Biography

/*! elementor – v3.8.1 – 13-11-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Overview and Thesis Minnie Julia Riperton is a vocalist and songwriter whose career skyrocketed in the 1970s. With hits like “Lovin’ You,”  “Les Fleurs,” and “Back Down Memory Lane,” her influence on the Soul and R&B genre is undeniable. With her […]

Disco and Funk: Music for a Movement

/*! elementor – v3.8.0 – 30-10-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Post by Adrianna Highgate and Arianna Swindell When many think of the 70s, they think of brightly colored clothing and the diverse musical landscape. Within the Black community specifically, the 1970s was a time of inspiration and experimentation across every sector […]

Sly and The Family Stone

/*! elementor – v3.8.0 – 30-10-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} The Impact of Sly and The Family Stone By. Tyler Dorsey and Taylor Harris Intro Sly and the Family Stone was an American band active from 1966 to 1983. Sly and the Family Stone became a very influential band in the […]

All About The Funk

By Nelly Ruach Funk music has been one of my favorite to learn about. This form of music allowed for the creative ability of a musician to be loose and free and create music that was fun and hip. This type of music had people up out of their chairs and on the dance floor […]

Sly Before and After the Family Stone

Sly Before and After the Family Stone Sunday school don’t make you cool forever. Sly Stone         The tale of Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart includes the rise and fall of one of the most influential psychedelic musical artists coming out of the North Bay of San Francisco. Sly manufactured hits that infused […]

Summer of Soul Poem

It is amazing how unique black music is  It can make people dance, sing, smile, and create, a joyful soul  All around you see fellow black people celebrating at the festival  Celebrating black pride watching performances from the 5th  Dimension and the Chambers Brothers To The Pop Staples and the staple sisters There was always […]

Taking Their Time: The SOS Band

Taking Their Time: The SOS Band Thesis The SOS Band also known as Sounds of Success is an electro-funk group who gained fame in the 1980s. They played a great part in the disco era for their hit song  “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” Formation The band started in 1977 in Atlanta, GA. The […]

Kc and The Sunshine Band : The Disco Band of the 70s

With a total of 15 musicians including the lead singer Harry Casey, KC and the Sunshine Band, took the disco and funk world by storm with their hit singles. Their songs appeared in over 200 motion picture soundtracks and have been featured at every single major sporting event from the NFL to the Kentucky Derby. […]

The Versatility of Funk

By: MacKenzie Fox The most popular artists within the funk genre were popular for making people wanting to get down and funky but also due to the versatility in their music. Meaning that they combined different genres in their music or were involved within more than one genre. Not all of the popular funk artists […]

James Brown

Father of Funk: James Brown By: Alexia Khalil Funky James Born in South Carolina in 1933, James Brown lived an interesting life and left an incredible legacy. In his early adolescence, Brown stole a car and served time in prison where he became the leader of the church choir on the inside. While in prison, […]

How Funk Helped African American Culture

How Funk Music Helped Black Urban Communities Become Seen Funk music dominated the airwaves in the 1970s and 1980s but could be said to have started in the 1960s. Funk music is a sort of amalgam of other popular Black created genres (i.e., jazz and r&b) and follows off one of its predecessors, bebop, in […]

The Legacy of African Music within African American Music: Group Project

/*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} The Legacy of African Music Within African American Music By: Noel Harris, Anna Parra Jordan, Amaya Roberts, Neema G., Niara, Trinity Seegars, and Ysabella Lopez AFRICAN INFLUENCE AND HIP HOP It is common knowledge that music is a staple within the […]

Charles Bradley – The Legendary Late Bloomer

Charles Bradley – The Legendary Late Bloomer Charles Bradley is the perfect example of an artist searching for their musical dreams in America. In comparison to many succesful artists, Charles struggled through poverty his entire life and did not make his first single until 2002. His story of fight, mental health, poverty, and talent is […]

Bebop-Summer of Soul Poem

Becoming Black & Proud Swingin’ sounds over quick tempo beats, got too white for our ears so we hit the streets When Charlie Parker came he made a new, then Miles Davis shook the world with “Kind of Blue” We mixed our blues with our rhythm, yeah Chuck Berry was real hip and Little Richard […]

“The Ultimate Black BBQ”: Summer of Soul Review

/*! elementor – v3.4.7 – 31-10-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Summer of Soul Summer of Soul is a groundbreaking and intriguing documentary directed by the famous musician and member of The Roots, Questlove. This documentary details the events and impact of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, one of the very first festivals […]