African American Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre was created in order to tell stories through song, as well as dance and entertainment. Originally, blacks were not represented in musical theatre, and their roles were often played by white characters in blackface.

The Origin of Cake Walk was the first all black cast musical in history in 1898. Other notable musicals include Shuffle Along and Porgy and Bess, these are a few examples of the significant achievements that were made within the black arts community.

Musical Theatre consists of a combination of writing and music. They were initially were used for amusement and later on evolved to function as messages, some political, cultural, or even satirical.

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Gospel

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Negro Spirituals

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Ragtime

Ragtime, the Syncopated Hit by Jordan Bogans Ragtime is a musical genre created by African Americans introduced in 1896. This colorful and creative genre of

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Folk Music by Jordan Bogans

Folk music originated in the South, the land of soul, spirituals, and rich harmonies. Slaves created this style of music in order to communicate their struggle and ambitions of hope and liberation. Music, art, and dance were very important during this time period, as it gave African Americans a mode of expression and allowed them to maintain their culture despite being enslaved.

Call-and-Response was a very important musical styling used in folk music. It consisted of a lead calling out a line with a group answering. Pattin Juba was also an element within this genre, it was a dance used to tell stories through song..

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Jazz

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