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, string sections, horns, electric piano, synthesizers, and electric rhythm guitars.
WHAT IS FUNK?
Funk is a genre is a music genre that originated in African American communities in the mid-1960s when musicians created a rhythmic, danceable new form of music through a mixture of various music genres that were popular among African Americans in the mid-20th century.
WHO MADE DISCO FAMOUS
The residence of New York City DJ David Mancuso, which later became known as The Loft—an invitation-only, non-commercial underground club that served as an inspiration to many others—hosted private dance parties that are frequently cited as the origin of disco.
WHO MADE FUNK FAMOUS
In the late 1960s, James Brown’s band invented the “funk rhythm” and contemporary street funk. The first note of the musical measure (“on the one”) had a strong pulse in the funk beat, whereas the backbeat was more prominent in traditional rhythm and blues (the second and fourth beats of the measure). Funk beats became the musical backbone for artists like Brown and Sly and the Family Stone, whose lyrics took on themes of passionate social commentary.
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