Disco

Origin- a unique type of dance music emerged centrally in New
York in the 70s influenced by African American’s and enjoyed by all. The popularity declined in the late 70s. Influenced by funk, pop, and soul. Influencing house music and techno.

Characteristics- This genre is of fast tempo in which the drum
is the most essential instrument. ‘four on the floor’ is the typical rhythm for this genre, which is a 4/4 rhythm in which the bass drum plays every beat and the guitar in syncopation with the beat of the drum. Other important instruments were horns, electric piano, and other string instruments.

Social implications. Mostly played in night clubs which helped diversify and conjoin culture, Not only black people enjoyed it. Initially disco was not played often on the radio so DJs became high demand. From the genre came popular dances such as the hustle and the bump Disco became a culture of dancing, sex, and drugs.

Donna Summer “Queen of Disco” was one of the most popular
disco singer and songwriter though she did not limit herself to disco. Her innovative songs and style helped influence the genre and following genres.

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Blues

Origin- The blues became popular in the early 20th century and died down in the 1920ish. Blues was classified a work song, meaning African Americans

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Ragtime

Origin- Also called the ‘Coon Song’, 1896-early 20s created in Mississippi & Missouri. Ragtime is a primarily piano style son, directly influenced jazz, originated from

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FOLK MUSIC

In the article African American Legacy by Zoe Watkins Folk music consists of different elements such as call and response, polyrhythms, patting juba, and acceleration.

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Musical Theater

Musical Theater A genre of drama in which singing and dancing are the most essential parts to telling the story. Musical theater began in Greece

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Swing Jazz

Swing Swing Jazz was a popular form of jazz music in the 30s and 40s derived from New Orleans. Its defined by swing feel, a

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Techno

Techno Origin- in the 80s the advancement of technology birthed thisElectronic dance music. It was born in the heart of Detroit, Michigan. The Bellville Three;

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Negro Spirituals

Origin Negro spirituals were created by blacks during the time of enslavement. African music and religion was banned, to push Christianity. Slaves adapted using Christian

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Aint God Good?!..All the time!

Ain’t God Good?! All the time! Origin– gospel music’s is Christian music deeply rooted in African American history and culture stemming from negro spirituals. Gospel

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