How Funk music revolutionized African American Culture.

Funk is a music genre that represents black Culture. Funk was emerged from the late 60s and became popular throughout the 70s. It is a combination of other elements of music genres such as R&B, Hard-bop jazz, and Soul. The groovy beats with optimistic and party feel it gave African Americans to look through a hopeful outlook. From the Civil Rights Movement through the early 80s Funk transform the  African American culture like it was never was before.

Civil Rights and Black Power Movement

During the 60s, there was lot of movements that African Americans were involved in.  With the Civil Rights Movements, African Americans were fighting for their rights throughout the U.S.  Along with the Civil Rights Movements, there was also the Black Power Movement, which was allowing African Americans to appreciate their blackness and their culture.

How Funk help African Americans express their culture

 During the late 60s, James Brown, Sly, and the Stone Family helped redefine African American music and culture. With James Brown’s song “Say it loud, I’m Black, and I’m Proud” (1969) and Stone’s song “Thank You”( 1969), funk helped black Americans to build their pride in the black community and express the racism that affected African Americans. Furthermost, Funk music was the lens of the African Americans’ experiences, who used experiences to express themselves.

Funk in the 70s and 80s

During the 70s and early 80s, Funk became vividly popular in the mainstream. Funk was considered a party and dance music for the black Americans, especially with the songs “Jungle Boogie” by Kool&Gang (1973) and “Up For the Down Stroke” by Parliament( 1974). With Funk, it gave African Americans the chance to be creative, especially with the fashion and show Soul Train and where Black Americans are dancing and having fun. Funk music was also escapism for many African Americans because of the two recessions in the 70s and 80s that left many of them in poverty. With Bar-Kays “Shine” and “I can make you dance” by Zap, Funk provided African Americans to forget about the hard times and help them fill with hope and focus on the good times in life.

Funk impact on the Black Community

Funk was a way to reveal the resilience, creativity, and hard-ship of African Americans during the social and economic crisis. It encourages black Americans to showcase their blackness and refined pride in their community. The music assisted black Americans to dance and make them feel optimistic and hopeful during the troubling time. Without Funk, there would not have been any creativity, fashion, culture, or even music defined by African Americans. Funk promoted the style, feeling of joy that still impacts African American music and culture today.


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