Play That Funky Music Till You Die
What is Funk?
Funk is a genre of music that originated in the mid-1960s in Black communities in the United States and hit its peak in the 1970s. Funk is defined as a mixture of soul, jazz, and rhythm and blues and there are many derivatives of the genre. Some of those derivatives include: disco, hip hop, post-punk, and dance punk. Funk music is known for its strong baselines, syncopated beats, and emphasis from horns and percussion instruments. Funk music did not shy away from including social and political themes in the lyrics so while music-lovers were dancing to the groove of the beats, they were also listening to the musicians’ commentary about race relations and inequality.